Most people have tried to start an exercising program in the past. It probably went OK for a few days until life caught up with you. Regardless of the fact that you made that gym appointment, or paid a high price for a membership or a group of training classes, something else took priority.
Sometimes you have to take a few runs at something new before it sticks. One way to do that is to try alternative exercising ideas to get the ball rolling.
Easy Exercise Option 1
Adding more movement to everyday activities. For example there are things you do everyday that you can consider a form of exercise. Even the slightest movement can burn off calories and exercise muscles. By enhancing or exaggerating these movements you can really increase the benefit.
Take the usual tasks of cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, even getting the mail, can all be exaggerated enough to increase your metabolism. Rather than stopping at the PO box on the way home in the car, go home first and walk back to get the mail. When cleaning the house put on some music and dance. As far as mowing the lawn? Park that ride-on and go back to pushing the old mower.
At work or at the mall, take the stairs. This is one of the simplest and most available and effective exercises there is that is available to everyone. Park farther away, walk an extra block to catch the bus, or get off a stop early.
If you are on the phone get up and pace or do high-knee lifts. Anytime you are doing a sedentary activity see what you can think up to add movement.
Easy Exercise Option 2:
Most everyone will park on the sofa to watch the tube for an hour or so in the evening. You can add exercise to your day and still catch up on your shows. Make a game out of it.
Every time a commercial comes on jump up and reach for the ceiling, then reach for your toes. Then do some deep knee bends until the commercial is over.
If you can’t pull yourself off the couch then try seated sofa exercising. You can do heel-toe lifts to work your calves. Have a set of dumbbells next to you and do bicep exercises, shoulder and triceps strengthening exercises too. If you don’t have dumbbells then pick up an economical resistance band with hand squeeze. This simple and inexpensive piece of equipment can work your entire body all while still on the couch.
Of course if you do a combination of seated exercises and standing exercises you can build your butt muscles too. Round it up and add strength while you burn off fat. All this while still watching your favourite TV program.
Pick and choose your ideal workout from any of the simple chair exercises.
Easy Exercise Option 3:
Use this style to start getting ready for a more structured exercise environment. Too often when a person joins a gym they go at it like there will be no tomorrow. Unfortunately this is a prescription for quitting all the well intended efforts. If it’s been a long time since you have been in a gym then starting slow will get you to where you want to be much, much faster.
The most important hurdles to any exercise program regardless of fitness level are these two things. 1 is commitment, 2 is designating the time.
Consider commitment to be like brushing your teeth. It needs to be done more than once a day to be effective. You cannot just decide one day to start exercising and keep at it without recommitting to that decision several times a day.
The second part required is to designate the time. If you had a doctor’s appointment you will set aside an hour or more for that appointment. You know you have to get there early to find parking and to allow for staying later if the doc is behind and your appointment winds up being later than scheduled.
Just decide how long you will give to your exercise routine to start. Maybe you can only schedule a 30 minute window out of your day – that’s OK. We can work with that. All you need to do at this point is schedule the 30 min and COMMIT to it.
This is the beginners module so don’t get wrapped up in how you are going to do any more than this. I can guarantee you that once you fulfill these first simple steps the next steps will fit in nicely. Progression is the key to success.
Easy Exercise Option 4:
Know when to quit! Don’t quit exercising but don’t make yourself stick to something you don’t like. I personally don’t care for aerobics. I have the coordination of a baby horse. Because of this I rarely attend aerobics, Zumba, or similar types of exercise.
Do what you like, or at least can tolerate. If you are overweight you might find running uncomfortable. Walking exercises like Nordic Walking can burn as much (if not more) calories than running.
Add tunes or audiotapes to your workouts. If you like mystery novels you will really enjoy getting audio books and ONLY allow yourself to listen while exercising. A great way to look forward to tomorrows exercise time.
Don’t get too bogged down in what you cannot do either. Weak ankles, bad knees, sore hips, and old injuries can make a person feel like fitness goals are hopeless. They are not. There are effective way of working around or with your injury or disability. If it is severe in nature then you may want to work with a professional to get you started safely. If this man who lost his arms AND legs in service to his country can get a cardiovascular workout – so can you. You may need to be a little innovative but it can be done.
The key to starting is to start.
Easy Exercise Option 5:
Finding the right incentive. Sometimes the best incentive is to start for a reason other than your own. There are lots of community groups that need your help. There are charities by the dozens that would be grateful for your involvement.
Your local nursing home is full of elderly residences that don’t see enough of their family. I guarantee there is some old fella in there that would be forever grateful to see you show up a time or two a week to take him out for a walk.
Charities often have “walk-a-thons” they use to help to generate donations. Get your workmates involved and go at it as a group.
Sometimes it takes making someone else feel good before you can feel good about yourself. Once you start feeling better about yourself you just might start taking better care.
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