Why Aren’t You Exercising?
Have you started your exercise routine yet? I hope so! After you have read my report (add title here) you understand the benefits of exercising. So what is holding you back?
Time can definitely be an issue but we don’t want to make it an excuse. Why not re-read the pages on Time Management and Working Out When Time is Tight. There is some really great information there on how to fit exercise into your schedule.
If you didn’t read the report yet or mislaid the document on your hard drive here is the download link again.
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Maybe you have just decided what type of exercise to do, it can be hard picking something.
This is what I did when I first started out. We have two dogs so obviously they needed walking especially our younger dog. So I became the dog walker. At first we just went to the end of our street which took 15 minutes both ways. Bit by bit I started to go further and further. Within a couple of months we were walking for an hour each day and covered just under 5k.
Our dog loved it and if you go at the same time each day they will begin to remind you that it is time to go for a walk. Plus having a dog is great company and adds a little bit of protection.
If you don’t have a dog why not start with walking to get the mail or to the corner store for milk? You might just be surprised at how a little bit of exercise can make you feel SO much better.
I’d love to hear what you decide to do. Just hit reply to this email or leave a comment on my latest blog post.
Have a great day and don’t forget to squeeze some exercise in!
Finding the Time to Exercise – No Excuses!
Did you finally manage to get out for a walk? I hope so!
Today I want to discuss with you how to fit in the time for exercise.
Two important things to look at are your schedule and your lifestyle. If you have children to take care of and/or a busy work schedule it can be difficult to fit in time for exercise on a daily basis. Have you considered getting up a little earlier or even staying up later?
If you have school aged children is it possible to walk them to school each morning? This way you are all getting some exercise. If not, how about going out for a walk as soon as they leave. Other options for fitting in a walk during the day are parking further away from the store and walking to the front door. You can do this when you have a doctors or dentist appointment as well.
One thing I did when my boys were small was to go for a walk by myself when my husband/wife came home. This worked out really well when they were babies. I would get their dinner ready and my husband/wife would spend some quality time with the boys while feeding them dinner. I got my walk in and a valuable break. It worked really well. Walking during bath time was an option that worked for us too.
If you are really busy with work can you fit in a walk at lunch time? Can you leave for work earlier to miss the traffic and walk or maybe use the company gym? Or try this same routine after work. As much as you want to get home you know that if you arrive home tired you probably won’t exercise. So fitting in a walk before going home may be a good solution.
I hope that I have helped you think of some ways you can fit in your exercise each day. Even if you start off by just walking every other day that is better than nothing. Then aim to walk or exercise at least once over the weekend.
As always let me know if you have any questions.
How to Choose the Right Exercise for You
Today’s topic is choosing the right exercise for you. It is important to try and pick something that you enjoy and something that will fit into your lifestyle. The easier you can fit exercise into your life the more likely you are to stay with your new exercise routine.
You may have started off as I suggested by walking. That’s great! But what if walking isn’t really your thing? Not to worry you have plenty of other choices.
Is there something that you have always wanted to learn how to do? This could be learning self defence, kick boxing, golf, and tennis, learning how to swim or even learning how to run properly.
Take a little time and think about this and write down a few options. For instance if you want to learn kick boxing many gyms have this available now. Plus health clubs are often offering specials and incentives for new members. Sometimes you can get a free week’s trial or even a couple of free classes. This would be the perfect opportunity to take a class and see how you like it.
If going to the gym is a little out of your price range right now then pick up some DVD’s and exercise videos. There are hundreds to choose from and this is an easy way to add some variety to your exercise routine.
You can easily do yoga twice a week and then add a Zumba dance routine on another two days. There are plenty of instructional DVD’s as well if you want to learn how to run properly or teach yourself how to play golf. By doing something that you really enjoy you will have fun and will be exercising without really thinking about it.
These are the most popular exercise DVD’s at the moment (add affiliate link for Amazon)
Some other great exercise options include: (can add other links here)
• Water aerobics
• Tai Chi
• Weight Training
Hope this gets you thinking about a new exercise plan.
Look forward to hearing from you.
All the best
What is Your Fitness Goal?
The best way to keep motivated with your fitness routine is to have some type of fitness goal in mind.
Maybe you are exercising as a way to lose weight or just to get healthier again. Or you may have something specific in mind. Like running a half marathon or being able to walk around the golf course!
If you don’t have an immediate goal in mind then think about something small. You could aim to lift a 5lb weight or walk around the block at a faster pace. A simple goal is to just exercise three times a week for at least 20 minutes each time.
When you have decided on a goal write it down and place it somewhere that you can see it. In your bathroom is good or on the computer or TV screen! Don’t sit down and watch TV if you haven’t exercised yet!
Your fitness goal can be health or lifestyle related too. Do you snore at night? Losing weight and getting fit is one way to stop snoring, especially if you never used to snore!
You may not be sleeping well at night, exercising can really help in this department. You should find that by exercising even a little bit more you start to sleep better. Without constantly waking up and tossing and turning all night long.
This is a shorter email today to get you thinking about your fitness goal. I would love to hear what your goal is. Just hit reply to this email or leave me a comment on my blog.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Do You Need Fancy Exercise Equipment?
Today’s topic is exercise equipment and knowing if you should you go out and buy some new equipment or not.
When you first think of exercise equipment you want to remember that certain exercise machines are not cheap. You will be making an investment and you have to be sure that you will use the machine.
It is the same with a gym membership. How many people go out and buy a membership and then never make use of it? Don’t let the same happen to you with your exercise equipment.
First think about why you want the equipment and how often you will be able to use it. Are you purchasing a treadmill or stationary bike so you can exercise inside in bad weather? Or do you want to buy a set of good weights so you don’t have to go to the gym?
Another thing to take into consideration is can any other family members use the equipment. Sometimes buying a new piece of equipment can help your spouse and children become involved in exercising. So that would be a good thing.
Having something new can really help you get motivated to exercise. Instead of purchasing a large exercise item, why not try something smaller. Ankle weights, a new pair of running shoes or an exercise ball can be great, affordable options.
For me the best piece of exercise equipment I purchased wasn’t fancy at all. It was a simple pedometer! It cost me less than $20 and motivated me like crazy! (add affiliate links to product examples)
That little pedometer was strapped to my waist from morning until night and every day I tried to add more steps. Think one of my best days was 21,000 steps! See if you can beat that!
My advice to you is to try and test out any fitness equipment you can before making a purchase. Even joining a gym for a month is a good way to use various machines. Ask tons of questions and don’t forget to ask about the warranty!
Let me know if you have any further questions.
Do you Consider Food when Exercising?
What I mean by the subject line is; are you worrying about what you put in your mouth on a daily basis? This can really affect your exercise routine.
While exercising is really great for you if you don’t improve your eating habits the benefits won’t be as much. If you are still drinking soda and eating fatty food you won’t see your body change as quickly as if you were eating healthier.
Too many people worry that they don’t have time to fix a healthy dinner. It really isn’t that hard to do. How about grilling some chicken breast along with a baked potato and some fresh vegetables, it can all be put together in 30 minutes or less.
On the weekends try making some vegetable soup. This can be put into containers in the fridge and used as a quick dinner or even a lunch.
Other things that I enjoy cooking are:
• Tuna or chicken wraps
• Grilled fish with vegetables
• Pork tenderloin stir fry
• Baked chicken with pineapple and red peppers
Even when I make dishes like spaghetti I use really lean ground beef or turkey and add tons of vegetables. Peppers, onions, garlic, celery and mushrooms I add lots and there is always enough for two meals. I have also switched to eating whole wheat pasta and this adds a delicious flavour to our meal and is more nutritious.
So the next time you get hungry before or after exercising reach for a healthy snack. Grab a banana, handful of nuts of yogurt instead of a high fat snack.
If you find yourself eating out for dinner choose a low fat option with rice or a salad instead. Opt for an herbal tea instead of a soda or just stick with good old plain water.
Hope I have you thinking about what you are going to be putting in your mouth today!
Enjoy and happy exercising!
Getting Fit for Life
I hope by now that I have expressed the importance of getting fit for life as a permanent thing. By doing even a small amount of daily activity you will feel healthier and happier and can hopefully look forward to living a longer life.
It is so true that what we do now affects us in our later years. I have seen this evidence for myself, my dad used to smoke a lot and it finally caught up to him. He didn’t live to see his grandchildren grow up! Don’t let that happen to you.
As I have said you don’t have to go out and become a fitness freak. Instead you just want to keep your lifestyle in mind. Be aware of the choices that you make regarding food, drink and exercise. Always try to eat quality food and I try to do this by eating fresh foods which are in season. This is less expensive and it is a great way to eat local produce.
By now you should have set yourself some fitness goals and have chosen a fitness routine to get started with. Remember nothing is set in stone and you can always try out different exercises to help keep you motivated.
During the winter I enjoy riding a stationary bike and using our Bow Flex machine. In the summer I love to garden, go swimming and walking. This way I am using different muscle groups all year long and doing different things. I don’t have to worry that exercise will become boring.
I would love to hear about your exercise journey so far. Let me know what you have achieved to date and if you have a specific exercise goal in mind. Is your goal to run a marathon or participate in a 5 or 10K? Maybe I can use your story on my blog.
I love to help my readers and subscribers so please let me know if there are any specific topics you would like me to write about. I am open to suggestions.
Take care and let me know how your exercise journey is coming along.
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