Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week? This is because active people 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 of developing serious complications from COVID-19. There’s never been a better time to move more and start focusing on making exercise part of your daily routine. Try these simple tips:
Many people find that exercising in the morning is the easiest way to keep a daily routine. Try to plan your morning activity the night before. Put on your workout clothes, download a podcast episode or playlist, and prepare your pre-workout meal. This will make it much easier to start your day with exercise.
Small steps lead to big results
Committing to just 30 minutes of exercise a day will improve your health. But also, trying to move more and sit less can help. Some physical activity is better than nothing, so focus on what you can do during your day.
Do something you love
Do you like to be outside or walk? So why run on a treadmill at the gym? The best way to stick to an exercise routine is to do something that you enjoy.
If you’re struggling to find time for yourself, an exercise routine might be just what you need. Running or walking solo is a great way to spend some time alone, turn off your brain, and decompress everyday stress. Focus on individual activities that promote peace and calm, such as yoga, stretching, running, or walking.
If the idea of ââexercising alone doesn’t appeal to you, then recruit a friend or family member. Consider group activities like fitness classes or local park offerings like tennis or pickleball. You and your exercise mates can motivate each other to stay consistent.
Convenience is the key
The more convenient your exercise program, the easier it will be to do it. If you have to take a detour to get to a fitness class, you’ll likely find excuses to skip it. Prepare for success and choose activities that can be done near your workplace or home.
Track your progress
Using an activity tracker or smartphone app to track your progress can be motivating. Most offer the opportunity to set small goals and develop them over time. Seeing your progress over time can help you stay engaged and keep exercising.
Learn more about the health benefits of exercise on the CDC website.
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