Ten tips to make exercise a daily habit


These 10 tips will help you make exercise a daily habit.

Your workout should be done in a group. It doesn’t matter if you do all of your exercise at once. You can get the same benefits from ten minutes of exercise each day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.

Get along a friend to exercise. A workout buddy can keep you motivated and on track.

It should be easy and fast. Walking at a brisk pace may be better for weight control than slow walking. Is it enough to be brisk? You should walk as if you’re meeting someone for lunch, even if you’re a little late.

Before you eat, move your feet. Go to the gym, or take a 20-minute walk along with your coworkers. Have lunch afterwards.

Use a pedometer. Step-counters (pedometers), are an inexpensive and easy way to get active. You can do up to 10,000 steps a day.

Turn off your TV, computer and smart phone. Reducing screen time is an excellent way to reduce your “sit time”. Instead, move around by going to the gym or cleaning the house.

Make your sitting time more productive. Combine cardiovascular exercise with a sedentary task you are already doing. You could, for example, do simple exercises while you watch TV or remind your boss to walk a few steps every hour.

Register for a class. You can find the schedule for fitness online classes at your community center or gym, as well as the schedules for yoga and dance classes at nearby studios. The structure of a class can help you learn new activities and keep you on track.

Include exercise in your daily routine. Put aside time for exercise in your calendar.

Reward yourself. You should reward yourself for reaching short-term goals. You can keep yourself motivated by focusing on a specific event such as a race on the road or a walk for charity.