UNITED STATES — What I’ve learned about exercise is that it takes discipline and a plan. For those out there who have full-time jobs or more than one part-time job, doing this daily exercise can indeed be a chore. How come? There are days when you are simply mentally and physically exhausted. Your mind is telling you to exercise, but your body is telling you otherwise. So what do you do in such cases?
Well, you have choices to make. Are you ready to risk your health by not exercising? This is the psychology so many of us have to face, but at the same time we all deserve a break. So this is where the discipline rule comes into play. You need to create a schedule. I’ve found that by making sure you stick to a set time each day or several days a week, the way to keep your exercise program intact.
Once you have entered this time, make sure you keep this time as you have programmed your mind to prepare for the workout during this 30-minute, 60-minute, or 90-minute interval. Look, I’m not going to tell anyone how long to exercise, that’s entirely up to them. All I can say is that it is better to do some form of physical exercise than not to exercise at all. Of course, you might have a day or two in the week that you missed the time interval you set out to, but if that turns out, do your best to make up the difference the next day when you go to the gym or exercise at home.
Also vary your training plans, maybe one day you do the elliptical, the next the treadmill, the next the bike, later weight training, sit-ups, jumping jacks and lunges. Change things up to get a rhythm and avoid the monotony that could force you to sit down instead of stand up. Hell, jog around the block or take a nice walk to get your body moving more than you have in the past.
The biggest problem so many of us have with training is realizing that it’s a chore, we see it as a job and we have to change that and we have to change that immediately. Why? It just gives us so many reasons NOT to do it. Think about your mind, body, and spirit as you exercise. The more you engage in the discipline of making exercise the norm, you don’t see it as a chore or challenge to do it every day.
If you met the goal on Monday, there is no reason to hit it on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This doesn’t mean you have to exercise 7 days a week, but I would argue that at least 4-5 days is key to ensuring that you are keeping your health stable and moving in the right, not the wrong, direction. Sometimes when you tell yourself you can’t, you have to tell yourself you can.