We all know it: Regular physical activity is good for our health. According to research, sedentary women who started exercising said they had a lot more energy and were in better moods than when they were inactive. Even 10 more minutes of exercise a day can provide some quality of life benefits.
So what’s stopping most Americans from engaging in a physical activity routine?
For many, the answer is simple, yet complex: Life gets in the way. Making time to exercise may not be at the top of your to-do list. Putting it on your to-do list may be one of the best things you do for you and your family.
Start with a plan. Here are some questions to help fit physical activity into your schedule.
What type of physical activity do you like to do?
Start with something you enjoy doing.
How much time can you commit to?
Start with what you can do in a day, even if that is 10 minutes.
What time of the day will work best for you?
Pick a time that physical activity is doable, not a time that conflicts with other routines.
What if your plans change?
Observe your life for a week. How will you get back on track when your plan falls apart? Everyone has days when routines don’t work out. Unexpected life events can also disrupt plans. Have a mental plan to keep you going through the tough times.
What self-talk will you use to stick with it?
Write yourself a note and keep it handy when you need to tell yourself you are worth the time it takes to exercise. After all, it only takes 10 minutes a day to gain some of the benefits.
Fit physical activity into your busy life. It will be worth the commitment.
Talk with your primary care provider about ways to stay active.
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