6 ways to make exercise easier

September 28, 2015

Starting to exercise is easy for some, but for others staying motivated and keeping on track are difficult. Here are some tips to make things easier.

6 ways to make exercise easier

1. Change your mindset

Don't think, "I should exercise." Think, "a quick stroll now would clear my head," or "a swim in the morning would give me more energy for the day."

2. Figure out what works best for you

When you find out what motivates you, you're more likely to stick to it. Make your chosen activity fit your personality and lifestyle and set yourself up for success.

3. Start off small

If you find exercise hard, start by doing just 10 minutes, three days a week — build up to 15 minutes, then switch to four times a week, and so on. Take at least one day off from your routine each week.

4. Make exercise fit into your routine

If you have to travel a long way to get to where you exercise, at a time of day that makes it hard to fit in with other commitments, you'll probably give up in a week.

  • Schedule activities at a convenient place and time. You may find a gym near your office works better than one near your home, or that you can fit a class or jog in at your lunch break.
  • Be creative with your time, consider walking or cycling instead of driving or taking public transportation as a way of fitting in exercise.

5. Wear the right clothing

Choose loose, comfortable clothes for exercising. If you decide to go running, get proper footwear — nothing undermines exercise plans faster than pain or injury.

  • If it boosts your confidence, buy some attractive running gear or a new bathing suit.
  • If you feel uncomfortable in your clothes, you'll be less motivated to exercise.

6. Do your best to stick to the schedule

If you can't face a 30-minute workout, don't just sink into the nearest armchair — go for a walk instead.

  • If it starts to rain right when you had planned to go for a bike ride through the park, vacuum the living room or clean the windows instead.
  • Keep your body moving during the time you've allocated for exercise, despite a change in plans or circumstance.

Finding a way to fit exercise into your week doesn't have to be overwhelming. Don't fall back on the excuse that you are "too busy" to do exercise. If you're really strapped for time, spread activity into shorter bursts throughout the day; you'll feel much better for it.

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