We all need daily exercise. Why? Not only does physical activity improve your general health, but it can also reduce stress, boost your mood, and reduce your risk for many diseases and other afflictions of the mind and body. With our busy schedules and lives, however, it can be difficult to find the time or motivation to move your body every day. Here are five secrets of those who do manage to exercise daily.
Do it for a mood boost.
Exercise is a great mood booster. Instead of stressing out about fitting into old clothes, losing a certain amount of weight, or frequenting the right type of fitness classes, drop the unnecessary pressures and view exercise as a way to feel great about yourself.
Choose activities you enjoy.
Ever tried a running regimen, only to discover that you absolutely loathe hitting the track every day? This scenario is all too common. Instead of forcing yourself into an exercise that you dislike, find an activity that you enjoy and stick to it.
Schedule workouts ahead of time.
Most of us start the week with a bang – only to have our resolve lessen as the weekend draws nearer. Trick yourself into working out when you’d rather not by scheduling your workouts every Monday. That way, you won’t give yourself the opportunity to come up with alternative plans.
Work out when you have energy.
It sounds simple, but many people force themselves to work out at a certain time of day every day – regardless of how they actually feel during that time period. Always wake up groggy? Skip early AM exercise. The same theory applies to those who feel exhausted after work.
Surround yourself with supporters.
Have you ever started a fitness routine, only to get discouraged by friends or acquaintances who simply didn’t “get” your dedication? Avoid this pitfall by surrounding yourself with people who also enjoy working out and want to help you reach your goals.
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