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Working Out and Sticking to It

By Stephen R. Farris

Busy schedules can make it tough to start a workout routine and stick to it. You want to get in better shape, but your boss keeps wanting you to meet crazy, unexpected deadlines, or you work a morning shift and the supervisor schedules you for an evening shift once a month. It's enough to make you give up on getting in shape or staying in shape.

The best way to begin is to just do it. Go for it! If that doesn't get you started, then maybe a little extra food for thought might be the turning point. Think about this, exercising can help you sleep better, feel more energetic, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and types of cancer too. It can also help your mood and contribute to getting rid of those love handles.

Choose Your Weapon

Starting an exercise routine is, in some sense, like choosing your weapon. It's probably going to be something you'll do on a daily, every other day, or weekly basis. Find something that piques your interest and keeps you motivated every time you put on those shorts or sweats and tie your gym shoes. Later on, you might find a similar activity to add. Switching from one to the other is a good choice and can help prevent burning out doing the same exact routine all of the time.

But I'm Not Good at Anything

Sure you are! So maybe you're not a LeBron James on the basketball court or Patrick Mahomes on the gridiron or Julia Child in the kitchen. No big deal. As long as you can walk or run, you're good at something. Pick exercises that you're good at. You'll get more enjoyment from your workouts when you do.

Invest in a Diary

Keep a diary or journal of your workouts. Schedule workouts on your calendar at certain time slots each day. This not only helps to keep up with your progress, but also reminds you of the day and times workouts are to take place. Usually, you can plan for weeks ahead so you won't be caught off guard when something unexpected comes up. If it does, try to stay on target. Maybe split up the time, working half an hour or so in the morning, then the rest of the hour in the evening to accommodate the changes.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in El Cajon, Calif.

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