Do What You Love The easiest way to sneak exercise into your life is to choose an activity you enjoy – one that doesn’t feel like exercise, even though it is. Ask yourself: what am I good at? If you play to your strengths, you’ll find fitness activities you can enjoy for years.
Choose Your Hour Studies have shown that people who work out in the morning are most likely to stick with a routine. By getting their exercise in before the day starts, they skirt the last-minute scheduling conflicts and end-of-day blahs that thwart even the best intentions. But if you’re not a morning person, choose whatever time works best for you. If you’re in top form from noon to 1pm, aim for a lunchtime workout.
Call It By Another Name Substitute any aerobically challenging household activity for the standard exercise routine. If it’s something you have to do anyway – like washing the car or planting some bushes in the yard – you’ll achieve two goals at once.
Don’t Sweat It If a damp T-shirt is not your idea of a good time, try gentler forms of exercise such as yoga, tai chi, or Pilates, offered at many gyms.
Partner Up Exercise is more fun when you do it with a friend, and on days when your motivation is low, you’re more likely to stick with the programme to avoid disappointing your exercise buddy. If your friends live far away, organise to buy matching fitness trackers, then compete on your tracker’s website.
Train With an Expert A personal trainer will help you set goals, design a personalised fitness programme, and vary your routine to keep it challenging.
Join a Club Make fitness part of your social routine by joining a running, walking, hiking, biking, or tennis club.
Start here for a moderate aerobic work-out:
- Brisk walking
- Slow jogging
- Low-impact aerobics classes
- Step class (with a low step)
- Power yoga
- Swing dancing
- Stair-climbing machine
- Elliptical trainer