Regular exercise can improve mood, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and increase life expectancy. While most people recognize the benefits of physical activity, it can be hard to find time for workouts with a hectic schedule. If you’re eager to carve out more time for fitness in your daily routine, these tips could help.
Keep a Written Record
Studies show that writing down your goals increases your chances of achieving them. When it comes to your fitness routine, try to start by writing down which exercises you will do on a particular day or at a particular time. For example, you might choose to do yoga at 10 a.m. on a Saturday and attend a dance class at 7 p.m. on a Wednesday. Make a note of these exercises and times in your calendar, perhaps on paper or on your phone. When crafting your fitness goals, aim to use positive language, and ensure that your goals are realistic and measurable.
Get Up Early
Getting up early can automatically give you more time in your day and can enable you to squeeze in a workout before work. Choosing to exercise in the morning will help you stay more alert throughout your day, and it can decrease your stress levels. According to ASEA, stress-triggered chronic inflammation is linked to nearly all major causes of disease-related death in the United States. Exercise is proven to lower chronic inflammation, so making it your go-to activity in the morning can help you lead a healthier life. If you don’t feel up to a vigorous workout after waking, gentle activities like yoga, tai chi, and swimming are all beneficial.
Don’t Do It Alone
Exercising with a partner or in a group can provide motivation, accountability, support, and friendly competition. Research shows that working out in groups can enhance your mental, emotional, and physical quality of life measures much more than solo workouts do, even among people who are performing the same exercises. Group exercisers are more likely to complete exercise programs compared to solo exercisers, too. You might consider working out with your partner or with a friend who enjoys the same types of physical activity that you like. Joining a fitness class can be an ideal way to start a new exercise program and meet others as well.
While it can take some creativity to make time for workouts, the benefits of exercise are definitely worth it. Always be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new fitness program, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.
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