15 HABITS OF THOSE WHO EXERCISE REGULARLY AND SUCCESSFULLY
According to Exercise Right one of the hardest parts of getting fitter and stronger is actually making exercise a habit. Habits take time and determination.
We've all been guilty of skipping a session at the gym or an opportunity to move our body in favour of a lame excuse. Maybe it was too wet, too hot, too much on your plate or busy at work.
Exercise Right find out what habits help to exercise more regularly and successfully.
1.Always do SOMETHING.
Just do some kind of movement. Even 20 minutes. Even 10 minutes. Even 5 minutes. Something is always better than nothing.
2.Get their family and friends involved.
Keep it social and fun. Having others involved increases accountability, which is proven to increase adherence and hence results.
Roll your mat out/get clothes and shoes out and ready the night before as a visual reminder.
4.Take in the outdoors.
Take regular snaps of sunrises, storms and the occasional marine wildlife. They serve as excellent motivators, as the sunrise in winter is by far the most beautiful.
5.Consciously remember how you feel when you don’t exercise.
Try to remember how tired/stiff/crap I feel on the days when you don’t drag yourself out of bed.
6.Make every step count.
Every little bit counts. Be active in as many ways as possible throughout the day. Take the stairs, have walking meetings, get off public transport a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
7.Always make it fun.
Do something you enjoy and is fun. Variety if the key to prevent boredom!
8.Keep spare equipment and clothes at the ready.
Always keep exercise clothes and joggers in the car, just in case.
9.Stand more than sit.
No matter what, always find ways to avoid sitting down for long periods of time.
10.Always plan their exercise.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Plan your physical activity/exercise for the day the day/week before and then work backwards with other commitments from there.
11.Seek out expert guidance coaching.
Seek the advice of a professional, like an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, to make sure you’re getting the most out of my body and to suit my individual needs.
12.Pick exercise that are good for their body.
There is no point doing an exercise that hurts, choose what you know gives you the best chance of sticking to your exercise program.
13.Play the long game.
Remember that this is not just a fad, move to keep your body in the best shape – be inspired to grow old gracefully and healthy!
14.Set achievable goals.
It’s so important to set a goal – maybe a weight loss goal, achievement goal to lift a certain weight or walk a certain distance.
15.Track their movement.
Activity trackers put your daily and weekly progress into perspective. Especially handy for reminders to reduce sitting time every hour.
Seek out expert guidance coaching to help get the most out of your body to suit your current life phase.
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