When you think of getting fit, focus less on how society says you should look, and more on leading a life full of self-care and health. In my last post on Redefining Fit, I discussed the true meaning of ‘fit’ and some of the positive benefits it brings you. It’s vital for a fulfilling and joyful life.
The average person is stagnant all day, either in the office, in the car, or on the couch at home – and that’s no way to live a fit life! Here are 3 simple ways to incorporate activity and movement into your day. It’s really a lot easier than you think!
1. Find activities you enjoy
Enjoying your activity makes you much more likely to stick with it. You’re less likely to focus on the energy you’re expending because you’re busy having fun. We’re lucky to have some many options to have fun with exercise; you can enjoy the outdoors, Zumba for those who enjoy dancing, group classes if you like community, a friendly FitBit challenge, and so much more.
2. Include family and friends in your routine
For most of us, family time and social life are important. So why not enjoy both? Walks, hikes, bike rides, playing at the park, or even finding a gym buddy are just a few great ways to make your exercise routine more enjoyable. Not to mention, it provides you with support systems and helps to keep you accountable.
3. Start Small
There’s no problem in starting with 30 minutes of activity 3 times per week. Schedule these into your calendar and make them ‘can’t miss’ appointments. Once this becomes habit and part of your routine, you can eventually increase the duration and/or build this into 4-5 times per week. When you start a routine that’s too fast out of the gate, it’s not sustainable and you’ll eventually fall off track. Developing a healthy lifestyle is a long-term process, slow and steady, like running a marathon.
Using these 3 ways to start incorporating activity into your routine is a great starting point for all of us. If you have any questions or need any assistance, there are health and wellness professionals at Momentum Fitness who are happy to provide further support systems to help you reach your goals.
- Coach Tyler Ouwendyk