It's true. As you get older, exercise and health & wellness in general becomes less and less important. You don't prioritize it as much as your career & family. Balancing this MAJOR priority should be considered for many health and longevity factors. I'll explain this in another article. For the time being, "investing in yourself" is key to living a full and healthy life, in many cases prolonging it.
These are points that should be considered in sticking with your exercise regimen:
1.) PRIORITIZE: this is an area where you see those who are consistent & ones who only exercise "here & there". As stated earlier, we deal with stresses on a day to day basis, it's called LIFE. Work, family, appearances & other stresses can inhibit ones desire to stay on track. The best approach here? REVALUATION. Take a look in the mirror. Are you happy with how you look physically? Are you practicing healthy nutritional habits for the most part? Do you believe there's any areas of improvement? If you answered no to any or every question here, then it's time to push your exercise priority to the front, if not closest in the line.
2.) CREATE A HABBIT: choose a time frame of the day you're most likely to stay on a consistent regimen, whether it's morning, lunchtime or evening, and stick to it. If duty calls, an emergency presents itself, or simply overslept, reschedule your workout session for another timeframe that day to make up. You'll thank yourself for staying on track.
3.) TAKE PICTURES: as I stated previously, staying on track & creating habits is essential in meeting your health & wellness goals. Take out a calendar, & PEN in a date every 2 weeks to take a frontal & side photo, preferably with the same clothes on. Track your weight, measurements & how you feel. This is yet another way to hold yourself accountable. The likehood of "breaking the routine" will be minimal, knowing you have some deadlines you must meet.
4.) FIND SOMEONE TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE: This may be your significant other, a family member, a friend, or a fitness professional/personal trainer. You have a support system that will be there each step of the way. Utilize it and respect their times, criticisms & praises. A break in this will lose confidence on their end to see you succeed. They must see you "want it", and that will motivate and inspire them as well.
5.) HAVE FUN!: who says exercise cannot be challenging, yet fun & exciting at the same time? I'm an advocate for finding activities out of my clients training sessions to keep them active (i.e. basketball, kickboxing, spinning, etc). Do things that you love and keeps you moving. You'll pat yourself twice in the back for adding this to your overall routine.
To yours in health & wellness,
- Ramel Feliz