Struggling to exercise? You are not alone. Millions of adults are in the same position as you. You know you should exercise, and your doctor has suggested it several times. Your health may be suffering because of a lack of activity, and you are in a position where exercising will confer vital benefits to you. A workout program is more important to you now than ever before. It is easy to procrastinate or overlook physical activity in your 20’s and 30’s. But it catches up to you sooner or later.
You are struggling to fit a regular exercise plan into your day. You know you feel good when you exercise…
- you have more energy,
- your blood sugar comes down, and
- you feel great.
But including exercise in your busy life is not always easy. Do not think just because some people have the habit locked in that it is necessarily easy. Remember, we all have the same amount of time to work with during our day. We all have, give or take, 16 hours a day to make use of. While most of this will go towards essential responsibilities, there is always time for a thirty or forty minute workout somewhere.
If you are having a hard time getting motivated, ensure you are not using a lack of time as an excuse. More often than not, it is unwarranted. If it helps, think of what exercise will do for you now. Do not focus so much on the long-term benefits, because if motivation is the primary missing factor, perhaps you need further reason to get inspired to get moving.
If you have not been exercising over recent years, you may have forgotten what it feels like to complete a workout. You have likely heard about the good feelings that surge when you are finished as a result of neurotransmitter activity in the brain. But do you remember how it feels? Why not…
- do 40 minutes of cardio.
- attend an active yoga class.
- go for a long walk on a Sunday afternoon.
You will feel great when you are done. Not only this, but the feeling of having been productive through physical activity and working on your health provides a boost in your mood on its own.
Have you ever wondered why some people might be so addicted to exercise? Partly, because of the positive emotion it often brings. If you have been stressed or overcome with anxiety lately, exercise will help you especially as it provides a therapeutic way to wind down mentally. And of course, it will do wonders for your health if you can make it a habit. You have to get started somehow.
So, for now, do it for the post-workout feeling. It may just be the highlight of your day, considering how most days are ordinary for most of us.
Exercise does not always have to be a struggle.