Daily exercise is needed for a happy, healthy life. We’ve been told this since we were young kids. Yet most adults today do not get any type of daily exercise. Every one of us have busy lives and busy schedules. Between work, household chores, and our children’s busy sports and after-school schedules, who has time to think about our own exercise program?
Exercising can be a daunting task for all of us. Too often, adults fail in getting a daily exercise program started because you feel you need to jump right in and do a full-blown workout. This is a herculean effort that will end in failure. Instead, create a simple plan that, week-to-week, details what you intend to accomplish, and how you intend to add additional small exercises to your routine. Start small and plan big.
For most, the thought of exercise seems like just another task or job to your already busy schedule. The first obstacle to overcome is making exercise part of your routine, not an extra thing you need to do each day. Typically, it takes two weeks to get your exercise prom to become part of your everyday routine. After two weeks, you will find your daily exercise program an activity you long for each day.
Set an Exercise Schedule
The first thing you need to do is map out your exercise plan. Start small by taking a simple walk around the neighborhood. Depending on your schedule, take the walk either first thing in the morning or at the end of day.
Taking a walk first thing in the morning usually provides a lift of energy as opposed to making you feel more tired. The energy of an early morning walk may also begin to get you off that second cup of coffee in the morning.
If you are ending your day with a walk, you will once the end of day walk becomes a part of your daily routine, you will begin to feel more energetic at the end of the day. Getting that walk at the end of the day does a few things for you: one is it gets you off the couch at night, and two you will also begin notice a better night’s sleep. Not to mention of course just generally feeling better about yourself.
Again, the first thing you need to concern yourself is getting exercise into your routine. A daily walk around the neighborhood should only take you thirty minutes or so. Get that into your program then begin to add from there. Again, when adding to your program, don’t go too crazy or you will potentially stunt your exercise program growth. You’re not ready to run a marathon yet. For week two, plan on walking around the neighborhood two times.
Set Exercise Goals
Now that daily exercise is part of your routine, continue to map out a week-by-week program, with small incremental increases in your program. You don’t need to lose 25 pounds over night, but by walking each day, you are sure to shed those 25 pounds over the course of a weeks and months.