Everybody has started an exercise routine only to let it lapse and fade into the background of a busy life. Personal trainers and board certified physical therapists from the rehab department at National Jewish Health offer the following ideas to help you start and maintain a more active lifestyle.
Change Your Perspective — Putting Energy In
A good workout can leave you more alert and invigorated. So, think about exercise as putting energy "in" your system instead of taking energy "out." Instead of thinking "I'm too tired to exercise," think "I'm tired, I'd better exercise to give myself some energy." It really works!
Set Attainable Goals
If you’re training for a 5K, break your goals up into bite-size increments. You’re not going to be able to go from the couch straight to running a 5K. Set smaller goals with clear milestones along the way. Reward yourself as you attain each goal. Accumulating achievements can create a snowball effect, and before you know it you’ll be running that 5K.
Schedule a Regular Workout Time
Some of the most committed exercisers do it every day before the sun comes up or late at night when the kids are in bed. Sit down with your weekly schedule and try to build in 30 minutes each day to be good to your body. If you have to set an alarm, take the initiative and do it. It may be difficult those first days, but your body will soon adjust to a new schedule. You’ll find scheduling your workout will allow you to be more efficient with your day and will help make sure you’ve carved out the valuable time to exercise.
Think Fun and Variety
Whether it’s a toning and sculpting class that changes choreography every week, or a trail run that changes scenery every season, design your exercise routine around a variety of exercise methods. Make sure you include activities you truly enjoy and look forward to doing. Look for movement that's more like recreation and makes you forget you're working out — like dancing, hula hooping or playing sports with family and friends.
Find a friend with a shared zest for the types of activities you like. Planning workouts together will help keep you motivated and accountable. You’re less likely to skip a scheduled run if you know your friend is waiting for you. You’ll also find your inner competitive spirit come alive. If your friend runs that extra mile, you’ll probably find yourself pushing to do the same.
Personal Training and Physical Therapy at National Jewish Health
If you’d like professional advice on creating a safe and effective exercise plan, experts at National Jewish Health can help. Our personal trainers are all board-certified physical therapists. This is great way to get started for people who feel limited by illness or pain.
For physical therapy appointments, call 1.877.CALL NJH (877.225.5654). For personal training appointments, call the rehab department at 303.398.1490.