Making exercise part of your life

Exercise is an important part of taking care of your body and living a healthy life. It shouldn’t just be something you include in your New Year resolutions or something you do to change your body.

There are many reasons to exercise- from heart health to weight loss, to reducing your risk of chronic disease, to helping control Type II diabetes, to benefiting your mental health. Your reason for exercise may be a combination of different reasons. Consider why exercise is something you want to include in your life.

Exercise should improve your quality of life, not the opposite. If you force yourself to do a type of exercise that you hate, you may feel that it is making life worse, not better. If this happens, it is time to consider what type of exercise you enjoy more. 

You may have heard somewhere that running is the best type of exercise for weight loss. If you hate running and only end up heading out for a run once per month, this is not the best exercise for you! 

The best form of exercise for you is something you can maintain and do regularly. Here are some things to consider when trying to make exercise a part of your life:

  • What do you enjoy?
  • When can you fit it in?
  • How will you make it happen?
  • Where will you do it?

Exercise should be a nonnegotiable part of your life, just like brushing your teeth or going to work. If you have 5 kids and are super busy, perhaps taking the kids to the park and playing a sport is the easiest way. If you work long days behind a desk and never know when you will make it out of the office, perhaps a 30-minute workout at home before leaving for the office is your best bet. If you find yourself making excuses not to workout, perhaps doing a workout with a friend is the best option. 

When you are starting a new health and fitness routine, try sitting down on a Sunday afternoon and planning out your exercise for the week.

E.g.

MONDAY- 30-minute walk before work
TUESDAY- Reburn strength workout before work
WEDNESDAY- 30-minute walk at lunch with a friend
THURSDAY- 30-minute Reburn pilates workout after work
FRIDAY- 30-minute walk before work
SATURDAY- 30-minute Reburn muay thai workout with a friend before breakfast
SUNDAY- rest

Scheduling your weekly exercise can make exercise appear in your calendar as an important appointment with yourself. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to sticking to an exercise regime, but consider WHY exercise is important to include and WHAT will help you make it happen (e.g. including a friend in your exercise plans, doing it before work, choosing a type of exercise you enjoy). 

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Cheyenne Holman

Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD)
Accredited Sports Dietitian
Certified Personal Trainer
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher