3 Simple Ways to Ease Into More Exercise
By Genevieve Cunningham
Exercise is always a good choice. Whether you're trying to lose weight, improve flexibility, or improve basic health, getting in a bit more exercise can point you in the right direction. But getting in more exercise than usual can be really difficult. It's hard on your body, hard on your schedule, and hard on your mind. But what if it could be a bit easier? If you're ready to get in a bit more movement in order to reach your goals, take a look at these three simple ways to ease your way into more exercise and better health.
It's Time to Walk
Walking is a great exercise for everyone. It's low-impact and easy to incorporate into our lives. And yet, it's so often overlooked! If you want to ease into more exercise, just start walking. Walk inside, outside, at the track, in the parking lot, or on a treadmill. Walk from the back of the parking lot. Walk on your lunch break. Finding moments to walk might be one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get more exercise into your life.
Try Baby Steps
So often we think that we have to go hard into a new activity. Our brain thinks: Do you want to exercise more? You better run a mile or two! You want to lose weight? You better cut out all of the goodies! But it doesn't have to be this way at all. Why not baby step your way into it? Instead of adding miles to your workout, why not a simple five minutes? Why not add 30 seconds of sprinting? Baby steps really add up. Start small, and the results will fall slowly into place.
Do Something Fun
Adding movement and exercise to your life doesn't -- and perhaps shouldn't -- be a chore. We should just plan on making it fun. Join a class that you've always wanted to try. Maybe it's time to try dance or yoga or martial arts. Maybe you've been dying to go swimming. Luckily, swimming is great exercise! Maybe you start taking family hikes on the weekend. Yes, this counts as movement too! Movement should work your body, but it should also be fun. Find something fun, and suddenly movement becomes really easy.
Adding a bit of exercise and movement into your life can completely change your health for the better. It can help you burn calories, lose weight, improve your stamina, and feel better in your body overall. Use these tips to ease your way into more movement, and you'll start feeling better than ever in no time at all.
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