Does exercise have to be hard,make you all sweaty, cost money and take hours of time? NO! FIND THE FUN! Find an activity you like to do, girlfriend! Then do it!
High School Gym Class turned me off of exercise. I thought exercise was running a 5 K, playing European Hand Ball or climbing that stupid rope! I hated those activities! But those days are gone! When I choose the activity…I like exercise! My favorites are walking, bicycling, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. When the weather isn’t good I like to do Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs. You can check out a 1 mile walk on youtube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndVjwkaLGDk
So Girlfriend, start thinking about an activity you like to do. Instead of a list of possible activities for you to choose from, here are some questions to get you thinking.
Are you cleared by your Doctor to exercise? If you are new to exercise it is imperative that you visit your Doctor and have a wellness checkup first.
Indoors or outdoors? If you work inside you may crave fresh air and sunshine. You can dress for the changing seasons and find activities for each. Or you may prefer indoor activities with climate control. You may like a mix of both.
Alone or with people? If you are a more social person think about joining a sports team or walking with a family member or friend. Being with people will help you stay motivated and accountable. If you like to exercise alone you may enjoy: walking, circuit training, jogging, weight training or walking on a treadmill.
Do you want to spend money? Some people do better if they join a gym. It helps them to go regularly because they paid for it. Or perhaps you will invest in a good treadmill or rowing machine. For others there is no room in the budget and exercise needs to be free. Decide which is best for you.
Personal trainer? You might want to invest in a few hours with a personal trainer. They will develop a program with your needs and wants in mind. You will also be taught how to do the exercises with proper form and how to use exercise equipment correctly. It will be well worth the money.
What is your daily schedule like? When can you exercise? If you are a busy mother with young children your time for exercise needs to be well planned out. Possibly during nap time. Pop the kids in a stroller and go for a long walk. If you are employed outside of your home then you will also need to plan opportunities to exercise, perhaps during your lunch break or before you get home. Some people do better if they exercise first thing in the morning. Then it’s done.
Do you own a dog? Fido needs a daily walk. Be the one that takes him.
Are you competitive? Maybe you could join a team for recreational sports, basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey or ultimate Frisbee. As a member of the team you will have accountability. You’ll be missed if you skip out.
What have you tried before and quit? Why? Think about why it didn’t work. I bought an exercise bike, and I tried a ski machine. I found out that I find all machines very boring. I like outside better.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Perhaps there’s an exercise class that you would like. Zumba is the lastest fun one. Or maybe you’d like to join a walking group. Or train for a 5 K run or a half marathon! Be adventurous!
What did you like as a child? What felt like lots of fun when you were young? Maybe skipping, or dance or gymnastics or cross-country running. Most of those activities can still be continued as an adult. Find the fun again!
Walking is always a good back up plan.
Every little step makes a difference!
Enjoyment is vital! It has to be fun!
Be intentional; fit it into your day.
You need this lifestyle change, girlfriend!
TODAY’S little STEP: Find the fun – the physical activity you like best. Make a plan to fit it into your daily schedule. Just do it!
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