3 Motivating Tips To Achieve An Active Lifestyle
By: Bashair Shakir
These days sitting at a desk or staring at our electronics for hours is common, and it can distract us from realizing that being inactive causes harm to our body. It’s easy to forget to exercise regularly for our own physical and mental health. When you’re feeling fatigued or unmotivated, it’s your body’s response to a lack of mobility. Being active doesn’t mean engaging in rigorous exercise for hours until you feel exhausted and aching all over. Most of us engage in some form of moderate physical activity everyday without even knowing. Setting aside 30 minutes a day to ensure your body gets the exercise it needs is essential. Sometimes the hardest part can be getting started and staying on track. Here are three simple tips to help you get motivated and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
1. Start Simple
The most important thing to do is start somewhere, no matter what it is. Try setting up your own exercise space in a corner wherever you feel most comfortable. You don’t have to buy large or expensive exercise equipment, you can get by with some dumbbells and a medicine ball. You can even do body weight exercises if you have nothing. Strength based exercises are necessary to maintain your muscle mass and bone density. When you’re not in the mood for strength exercises, take to the outdoors and enjoy a fast walk, hike or bike ride. Go ahead and spoil yourself to some new workout clothes, it’s always more motivating and fun to exercise with a set of new threads.
2. Find a Workout Buddy
If you’re having a hard time getting motivated and/or not quite ready to hit the gym on your own, try an exercise buddy. Working out with someone else not only holds you accountable, it also allows you to socialize and meet new people along the way. If you’re more of an introvert, then consider an app or online community that will allow you to share your goals and progress with others and make new friends virtually. There are a lot of fitness apps that allow you to view videos, create workouts, interact with others and obtain expert advice from a fitness coach. Whether you decide to meet up in person or online, remember to move at a pace that is comfortable for you. With a trusted friend, you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make.
3. Just Keep Moving
We all have those days when structured exercise just isn’t going to happen, and that’s okay. But some form of physical activity is better than none. So just like the first tip, think of something simple that involves movement and go do it. Even a quick trip to the grocery store or picking up the house can be enough to boost your energy and get you moving into 30 minutes of exercise. There’s even creative ways to be active indoors, so you really can’t give yourself an excuse.
Remember that there are so many things for you to do so if you give up on one type of physical activity look for another way to be active. It’s up to you to find the internal motivation to get you going. Don’t force yourself to live an active lifestyle but instead take it one step at a time and notice the positive impact it has on your daily life.