|Here are three very good reasons for my exercise: Tim, Ben and Natalie.|
I exercise six out of seven days for about forty-five minutes a day. The CDC suggests that adults be moderately active for 150 minutes each week with two or more days for strength training. That works out to be 25 minutes a day for six days. I believe Americans can do better than that. We need to incorporate less siting and more movement during the day. I carry a pedometer in my pocket and track my steps everywhere I go. It is recommended that your average American take 10,000 steps a day. If you take 10,000 steps a day, you are walking the equivalent of 5 miles.
You might ask me, how do you get that many steps in during the course of the day. I measure the steps I take during my forty-five minutes of exercise. I also try to incorporate walking when I can. If I drive to a store, I take a parking spot that is further away from my destination. I add an evening walk around the neighborhood if I haven't been active enough for the day. In other words, I try not to sit for long periods of time.
Another approach that has helped me is to exercise right after waking up. By doing that, I don't procrastinate and find an excuse not to work out. I have mentally trained myself to expect exercise early in the morning.
Do I feel like working out every day? No. Do I enjoy myself every time I exercise? I struggle some mornings. Do I think it is a waste of my time? Definitely not.
I rationalize my physical activity with the belief that exercise staves off heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis to name a few ailments. I also view physical activity as a way to avoid knee replacement surgery (which has affected a couple of family members already). In other words, there are ruinous consequences if I don't exercise. That thought is enough to keep me off the couch.
An additional motivator for exercise is the mental health benefits. Aerobic activity and weight training are great for relieving stress. I know that if I haven't exercised, I am crankier, tenser and less relaxed. Once I have completed my body conditioning for the day, I feel calmer.
A third personal motivator for exercise is my children. I want to be able to keep up with them as we grow older together. They are playing soccer, baseball and basketball. If I didn't exercise on a regular basis, I wouldn't be able to jump, dash or play catch with them. Both aerobic exercise and strength training have helped me to keep up with the kids.
Yes, exercise can be a pain but the results from it far exceed the short term discomfort. I avoid sedentary habits by exercising first thing in the morning and walk constantly. Furthermore, I can avoid major health problems, be relaxed and stay youthful. That is why I crave exercise.
Think about fashioning a new active lifestyle. Consider your motivators and utilize them with your physical routine. Soon you will be developing a love affair with exercise.