Fitness

Need Motivation to Exercise — Get Specific

 
In the article, the chairman of the organization that came up with the activity plan says that, “Many people think of exercise as something that is planned and high intensity and a lot of work.” Well, yes it is best when it is planned, but that doesn’t mean it has to be high intensity or a lot of work. One of the biggest obstacles for people when it comes to exercise is the lack of knowledge — they don’t know what to do or how to start. A generic plan of just move more, doesn’t help in that regard.
 
Look, we already have some specificity with the recommendation that every adult do at least 150 minutes of mixed exercise per week. You just need to work from that and add in more specificity. For example, divide that time up over six days and you get 25 minutes. Anyone who has ever worked out will tell you that is a very short time to exercise. And it is not very convenient to have to work out six days for just 25 minutes. So let’s make it more practical by breaking the time up into 30 or 60 minutes. You could then do one exercise class, which is usually one hour long, and then just do three half-hour workouts. Further specify that two of those half-hour workouts are speed walking on the treadmill, and the other is some light resistance strength training with free weights or machines. That is it! With very little effort, you would meet the minimum requirements with these four specific workouts. It requires commitment, but not that much, just one class a week, and three short half-hour workouts. Look at your calendar and most likely you will see you could fit that in. If you don’t want or can’t do the hour-long class, how about a long walk with a friend or dog on the weekend? The main thing is to indeed plan it out and stick to it. Who knows, maybe you will inspire others to do the same!

 

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