You know the hardest thing about doing exercise? It is putting on your sneakers! You can find every reason and every excuse not to exercise except to do like Nike says – Just Do It!
The best part about exercising is when you finish exercising! It is the best sense of accomplishment you can give yourself. A short walk on a sunny day no matter how long or how fact is a great way to get you started.
Get a walking outfit, it doesn’t have to be spectacular or expensive, but what it should be is something that inspires you to put it on. Put those sneakers out where you can see them, and to remind yourself that those sneakers are there to serve you and to support you towards getting healthy (this may sound a bit nutty, but it works).
Give yourself a time frame, and commit to it. Walking first thing in the morning is best for most people because if you use the philosophy “When you wake up get up” you can get your walk in before your day gets busy. If morning is not best for you then pick a time, and stick with it.
Here are a few tips that will assist you and getting started and staying committed!
1.Wake Up: Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier and have everything prepped the night before from your exercise clothes, shoes, and music to your water bottle and snack. Washing your face and brushing your teeth can help get energized and alert for your work out.
2.Fuel Up: Drink a glass of water and a few bites of food. If you get a good night's rest, this means your body has gone without food and water for at least 7-8 hours. Trying to work out on an empty tank is like trying to push a car without gas. That doesn’t mean driving by McDonalds for a breakfast meal. Fuel the body with something fresh and chemical free! It doesn't take much to get your engine going not to mention combined with walking it stimulates the colon and supports regular elimination.
3. Jam up: The best way to get motivated is to have some great walking tunes on your phone of listening device. Up beat up tempo music will set your feet, legs, arms on dancing and walking fire. It will give you rhythm to walk to and beats to keep up with. You may literally be dancing and walking in the street! (Music has always been a great tool to get the body moving)
Most importantly, don’t make exercise a chore, make it a daily routine, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Accept the fact that for more people than not, the thought of exercising is not joyful, however, it is necessary to promote your good health. Do whatever it takes to get off your butt and on your feet! Just remember when you do something more than a few times it becomes a habit. Give yourself 1 week to walk and see how quickly you are able to make it apart of your daily routine.
Here’s a great mantra, you can’t eat out, if you don’t work out! Now get those sneakers on!