I have found that it’s all about making new habits. For you to make new habits, you have to keep on doing that thing on a daily basis so they can be part of you. It is good to start with a habit that is easy to maintain. Starting with such a thing is not always easy but a good way to start is by setting alarms on the phone as a reminder to do those things. And in no time they will naturally become part of your daily life, without too much thought or effort.
On a personal note,
1. Body-weight exercise.
This is the first thing I started with when I decided I wanted more for my body. At 6:30 a.m. every day, my phone rings to remind me to do squats, jumping jacks and burpee. I started at 20 deep squats, and am now up to 55. This one exercise uses so many muscles and makes a big difference in keeping up lower body strength and mobility. Rather than doing squats every single day, I alternate them with either plank walks or another upper body exercise. There are a lot of great books out there full of good bodyweight exercises– what I love about this is that you don’t need equipment (the fewer obstacles or excuses, the better!) Plus, just five minutes gets the job done (again, no excuses!). I will write on different types of exercise that don’t require an instrument soon.
2. Daily Walking.
I use Samsung health app to record my daily walking. The minimum daily steps is 6000steps and I make sure I achieve it and even more every single day. Walking is the best exercise for everyone. It’s what our bodies are designed to do! Yes, I love to run, swim, and any other activities I found lively. But I can’t easily do those daily, and it’s hard to beat the benefits of walking. So I make time for it. Not having a car makes that easier, but I still have to make it happen. Of course, the benefits of walking go far beyond the mechanical sort– it’s so relaxing, you get more oxygen into your body, and if you can go someplace green, then there is a whole new layer of therapy going on.
3. Be kind to yourself
Individual motivation – or the lack of it – is only part of the bigger picture. Money, parenting demands or even where you live can all be stumbling blocks, says Sniehotta. Tiredness, depression, work stress or ill family members can all have an impact on physical activity. “If there is a lot of support around you, you will find it easier to maintain physical activity,” he points out. “If you live in certain parts of the country, you might be more comfortable doing the outdoor physical activity than in others. To conclude that people who don’t get enough physical activity are just lacking motivation is problematic.”
Of course, I could make this list much longer… But I think these are the things that are really making a difference for me.