If your inbox is full, you have multiple projects on the go, and your family needs constant attention, chances are a workout at the gym gets put on the back burner. That’s when you need to get creative and find ways to make exercise a daily habit.
If you have the space and equipment, set up a dedicated training area at home. It’s a great way to treat your routine like a priority and can help motivate you to work out when you see your equipment out and ready for action. It also keeps your workout clothes and equipment separate from your living space, so you have a reminder that getting ready to work out is a separate activity than just sitting down to watch TV or start working on your laptop.
Keep a workout journal or use an app to log your exercise. Studies show that writing down a plan increases your commitment to follow through, and when you look back at your progression, it can be encouraging to see that you are developing healthy habits.
Set a workout alarm to remind you to move your body. The best part about this tip is that it only takes seconds to activate your alarm and you can do it anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s in the morning, after lunch, or before bed, an alarm is a simple, convenient, and effective way to ensure you move your body.
Find an app or online service that provides exercise videos, guides, and support. These services usually require a fee, but most offer perks you may value, including a supportive community and progress tracking, to make exercising a daily habit more enticing.
Use functional fitness exercises that target more than one muscle group at a time. This type of exercise can improve balance, reducing your risk of injury while doing daily activities, and help you maintain strength and flexibility to reduce the risk of injury as you age. Some examples of functional fitness workouts include lunges and planks, and many of them can be performed at home without any equipment.
Turn sit time into fit time. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, consider taking short walks in between tasks or scheduling an alert to stand up and stretch every hour. This type of exercise can boost your energy and even improve your mood.
Create a circuit of simple, no-equipment exercises to strengthen your body and boost endurance. This routine combines squats, lunges, planks, push-ups, and step-it-up plyometric movements to target different parts of your body. This is an excellent beginner routine that will take about 20 minutes to complete.
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