We all know it can be really hard to fit exercise into an already busy week, so Designed Wellness wants to share some tips to help you move more! It’s March; go enjoy the improving weather!
Here are our top tips on achieving your fitness/movement goals:
- Dig deep – feeling good is a powerful motivator so remember why you wanted to be active in the first place. Exercise and fresh air are good for the mind, body, and soul. They also make you sleep better!
- Make a commitment – focus your training around your goals and schedule in your training program. You are more likely to stick to goals that have a specific time and day attached to them, so get specific! For example, you might decide to commit to your workout plan by saying to yourself “I plan to jog on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays for 30 minutes.” Even better is to share your commitment with someone who can hold you accountable, like a family member or close friend. That way, you have support and someone reminding you that you should be proud of yourself when to make small achievements towards your goals.
- Step up your effort – discard those hour-long workouts and swap them instead for 3-5 30-minute calorie blast sessions. You don’t have to work out every day or for long periods of time when you get your heart rate up and use your “fast twitch” muscle groups (the muscles you use when you sprint, cut, and accelerate with force). Trade a longer, slower jog for 10 100-yard sprints or go play tennis or basketball instead of taking a leisurely bike ride. Short, vigorous bursts of exercise increase your metabolism and build muscle quickly!
- Get support – review your training program with your doctor, trainer, and/or friend and let them help build your confidence and keep you motivated! The more support you have, the more likely you are to continue to move!
What step will you take this week to get moving?