5 Ways to Introduce exercise to your weekly schedule.

5 Ways to Introduce exercise to your weekly schedule. By Fatuma A. Abdullah - August 25, 2021
Here are five ways to introduce your weekly scheduled exercise.

5 Ways to Introduce exercise to your weekly schedule.

It is crucial for us to maintain an active lifestyle in addition to eating nutritious food. Sometimes, I think about our parents’ stories about what they witnessed with our grandparents! Who were nomads, led a very active lifestyle? Oh well! That’s then; let’s not dwell on the past as most of us are sitting comfortably in offices typing away!

So, we are all aware of the importance of exercise in our lives. But we tend to make excuses for not including exercise in our weekly or daily routines. Today, it’s time for me to share how to include exercise in your weekly schedule. 30 minutes is more than enough. Let’s do this!

  1. Start Small!

Go easy on yourself, so it becomes easier for you to maintain and adapt with time. Start with simple exercises, like a 30-minute walk each day. When you are a beginner, you should not start with complex and heavy exercise – it’s a recipe for disaster; you will quit before you even begin. Instead, start with a 10-minute simple workout and keep increasing the time each day until you reach about 45 minutes to one hour. This way, your body will gradually adjust to exercising, and it becomes a lot easy to maintain an active lifestyle.  

  1. Change your wake-up time.

For those who have demanding jobs and cannot exercise during the day, One way to do it is to get up earlier. For example, 30 minutes or one hour before your usual wake-up time and squeeze in a workout, run, walk a few miles, go to your nearest gym, or do a home workout – with instructors online or on your television. The other option is to do it after work if you are not already too tired.

  1. Take the stairs

Taking the stairs is one of the simplest types of exercise. The best thing about it is that you can easily include it into your everyday routine by just taking the stairs when you get to work, go for lunch, and leave work. Easy, right? Yalla! Let’s get stepping ??

  1. Get a support system.

When you want to start living an active lifestyle, it’s imperative to have a support system. It keeps you accountable and committed to your workouts. A support system can be your family members, friends, or colleagues, whom you exercise with.

They are there to encourage you to keep you going if you’re having difficulties. For example, you can go to a fitness class with a friend or take a walk with a family member. So, in a sense, you’ll be assisting each other.

  1. Adapt to Your Personal Preferences and Dislikes 

I know some of you are thinking, “I hate going to the gym” or “I hate running!” and that’s ok. We must be realistic and know ourselves. One person’s running is another person’s dance or kickboxing. Choose an activity that complements your lifestyle, personality, and preferences. If you still don’t know what you like, experiment with different exercises till you find what works for you.  

By Fatuma A. Abdullah - August 25, 2021

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