Achieving Your Exercise Routine
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I’ve always been a very active person on a daily basis. As an eager “outdoorsy” type, I’ve never fallen short of keeping up with the active lifestyle. My first few jobs out of college involved physical labor so I really got my workout in while I was on the clock. It wasn’t until I was drafted for my first desk job that I started to even think about incorporating an exercise routine into my day. After an 8 hour day in my cubical, I started to feel lethargic, tired and lazy by the end of it. Really, besides lifting up my fingertips to type and walking back and forth to the bathroom during my breaks, I wasn’t using my body at all. Physics 101 returned to my brain and remembered my teacher repeating the words of the famous Sir Issac Newton…
“A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force“
Science doesn’t lie. Whether we like it or not, many of us spend hours upon hours sitting behind a desk. In order to keep healthy and keep up with an active lifestyle, that external force falls on us!
I know if you’re working a full-time job, you’re probably in the office for at least 40 hours a week and are probably thinking it’s close to impossible to incorporate an exercise routine into your already busy life. I’m going to outline six great ways to get started into achieving your exercise routine, and most importantly, maintaining it.
- Start small. No one expects that you’ll be able to start running 3 miles every day the minute you dust off that old pair of sneakers. Exercise within your own limits and respect your body. When I got into exercising, I started with bringing my dog for a half-hour walk every morning before work. If that’s all you want to do to maintain your exercise routine, great! At least you’re not sitting at home on the couch.
- Set goals. This comes with starting small. Set a weekly goal, a monthly goal and if you’re feeling really ambitious, set an annual goal. The further out you set your goals though, remember you should increase what you expect of yourself in your exercise routine. Goals can be broad too, so remember to focus on different aspects of exercise; like the number of times you’ll exercise in a week, how many miles you might run each day, or how many days you’ll dedicate to cardio each week.
- Decide where you want to exercise. Going to the gym isn’t for everyone [I personally have never walked through the doors of a gym since I started my exercise routine]. There are so many options out there. Setup a home gym if you can. If you’re in a mild climate, exercise outdoors!
- Create a playlist. Depending on the setting, music can come in very handy while exercising for that extra push of motivation. Of course, if you’re doing an outdoor hike, it’s probably not necessary. But make a take a few minutes to make a playlist on your phone that you can plug into and move with the beats. Check out my playlist section to see what I listen to during my workouts!
- Use technology to help track your exercise. This isn’t necessary but I love doing it and it’s literally my best piece of self-motivation. I sport the Apple Watch everyday to track my exercise and movement. It’s all about closing out those activity rings, everyday! It also has a great workout feature that tracks all kinds of different forms of exercise.
- Listen to your body. You know your body’s limits in exercise so listen to your body when you’re over do-ing it. I really struggled with this during my pregnancy because I wanted to keep up with what I was used to doing, while growing a child inside of me. Match your exercise routine to your body’s ability to actually achieve it. With time and practice, you’ll be able to push yourself harder but don’t ever push so hard where you end up injuring yourself, because then you’ll be that body at rest again.
Like I said, you’re not going to become an exercise guru overnight, but if you take your time and focus on those exercise goals, you’ll get there! If you know you’re not ever going to get into an exercise routine, check out my hiking section of my blog. It’s a great way to get some good movement in moderation!