Most people I know don't exercise regularly even if they want to get in shape they are not able to prioritize it. Life comes in between like it was less important to care of ones health. The way you grew up has big influence on this. Did your parents exercise? Did you do any form of sport activity as a child or teenager? The answers to these questions will influence how you prioritize exercise.in your life. Have you done any exercise for a longer amount of time so it became a habit? Maybe before you got married and had children. Try to recall who good you felt after you did it. You might never have done any regular exercise but now you're running out of excuses. Where do you start? First you need to plan the time to do it, this is the most crucial componant for you to succeed. Pick a time which very seldom or never will interfere with other activities. if you have a spouse and kids, discuss it, think about if you need to give the children a ride or pick them up from after school activities. You might be able to to it on your lunch break. I usually tell my clients to schedule their training and DO it if they don't need to take one of their family member to the ER. That should be the only valid/acceptable excuse not to do your exercise. It always easy to justify why you shouldn't do your workout, why you don't have time, will start next week, etcetera.
Start gradually with three scheduled 30-45 min exercise times/week. It could be walking, strength training, yoga etcetera. Make sure you get a physical if you are above 40 before. One key thing for many people is to do something they enjoy to be able to stick with it. Sometimes you do not really enjoy the exercise itself but you do it for the result and the good mental and physical feelings afterwards. The key is to do something, establish a habit, a good one. A good thing is if you could involve the rest of the family or at least your spouse. Take a long walk during the weekend you get exercise and get to spend quality time together . Maybe you like to bike or swim? Be creative!
Next time I will talk about food.
Have a great day and get off your butt!
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