Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend
adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week?
That is because active individuals have a lower risk of serious health
problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In fact,
studies have shown that obesity puts a person at a higher risk for developing
serious complications from COVID-19. There has never been a better time
to move more and start focusing on incorporating exercise into your daily
routine. Try these simple tips:
Many people find exercising first thing in the morning is the easiest
way to keep a daily routine. Try planning for your morning activity the
night before. Lay out your exercise clothes, download a podcast episode
or playlist and prep your before workout meal. It will make starting your
day with exercise so much easier.
Small Steps Lead to Big Results
Committing to just 30 minutes of exercise per day will improve your health.
But also, trying to move more and sit less can help. Some physical activity
is better than none, so focus on what you can do during your day.
Do Something You Enjoy
Do you love being outside or walking? Then why run on a treadmill at the
gym? The best way to stick with an exercise routine is to do something
If you find yourself struggling to make time for yourself, an exercise
routine could be just what you need. Taking a solo run or walk is a great
way to spend time alone, turn off your brain and decompress from every
day stress. Lean into individual activities that encourage peace and calm,
like yoga, stretching, running or walking.
If the thought of exercising alone doesn’t appeal to you, then recruit
a friend or family member to join. Consider group activities like fitness
classes or local park offerings like tennis or pickleball. You and your
exercise buddies can motivate each other to stay consistent.
Convenience is Key
The more convenient your exercise routine is, the easier it will be to
do it. If you have to drive out of your way to get to a fitness class,
you’ll likely find excuses to skip it. Set yourself up for success
and choose activities that can be done near your workplace or your home.
Track Your Progress
Using an activity tracker or smart phone app to track your progress can
be motivational. Most offer the ability to set small goals and gradually
build on them. Seeing your progress over time can help you stay engaged
and continue to exercise.
Read more about
the health benefits of exercise on the CDC’s website.
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