Trigger your exercise habits

As life gets busy, so often our exercise habits suffer. Many of us prioritize exercise too low, compared to other things we perceive as "more important" each day. But what is more important than looking after your health!?

The exercise guidelines for apparently healthy adults recommend at least 150 minutes per week to maintain good health status. There are 10,080 minutes in every week, so how can anyone possible say they can't find time for 150 minutes to invest in their health? That's less than 1.5% of your week in total!

If you are someone who struggles to find time for exercise here are a 4 simple tips that can help you make time for exercise, or to trigger your memory to move:

  1. Change your behaviour - Setting alarms to remind you to stand up and walk for 2 minutes every half an hour or leaving notes near the kettle to remind you to do squats while the water boils can be effective ways to prompt you to remember exercise. After a few times you won't need the reminders, becuase you have created a positive behaviour change!
  2. Incidental activity and multi-tasking - Include it into your current routine. This can be walking to work instead of driving, taking stairs instead of the lift, walking around while talking on the phone, and many other effective ways.
  3. Accountability - exercise with someone else, so you can keep each other motivated and accountable. This can be a dog to walk, a friend to walk with, a group class to attend at the gym or just regular check-in appointments with an Exercise Physiologist.
  4. Enjoy it! If you enjoy something you are much more likely to do it frequently. Try to include physical activity that do enjoy doing so it doesn't become a chore.

If you need a personal partner in developing new exercise triggers connect with me via my personal Stack Health booking page -  https://stackhealth.accelerware.com/bookings.cfm?fid=1857&tp=3545

Until next week...

Mat Cameron - Stack Health Accredited Exercise Physiologist

 

Bryce Finck