Author: Niki L. Carayannopoulos, DO
We all know we need to exercise. But… life gets busy. Injuries happen. And the weather isn’t always inviting for exercise. So, today on the blog, I’d like to discuss a few simple strategies for incorporating exercise into a daily routine.
How to Get More Exercise
- Grab a friend. Exercise can be more fun when you have a partner. Time on the treadmill or walking around your neighborhood can fly by when you have someone to talk (or commiserate!) with.
- Do what you love. It makes sense that exercise should incorporate the activities you enjoy, right? Yet many people think choosing “to exercise” has to mean getting on the treadmill or using weight machines. It doesn’t! If you love hiking, use an exercise routine as an excuse for getting out on the trail more. If you miss playing tennis, here’s a reason to take up the racket again.
- Set a goal. It’s so much easier to take on any task when there’s a clear finish line. Do you want to be able to benchpress 150 lbs? Run a 5K? Write down your goal, and then track your progress on paper or in a fitness app.
- Create a rewards system. Stay motivated, focused, and positive by rewarding yourself at certain milestones (ice cream, a new pair of shoes, etc.).
- Get competitive. If you have a healthy competitive spirit, challenge your friends on Fitbit or Apple Watch.
- Prioritize your health. If you leave exercise for the last time slot in your day, it’s probably not going to happen. Prioritize your health by scheduling your daily exercise first (or early) in your day before other things come up.
- Change your mentality. Think of exercise like the act of brushing your teeth – it is a necessary part of your day to maintain your health and well-being.
- Think outside the physical. Remember: exercise isn’t just about the physical benefits. There are many mental, social, and emotional benefits, as well. Consider these next time you feel like quitting!
- Just keep moving. Finally, just keep doing it! If your pace slows down or you miss a day… that’s okay! Keep doing what you can, and don’t let an “off day” (or week!) discourage you from carrying on.
Schedule With a Houston Orthopedic Doctor
Need help getting moving again? Bothered by an achy hip or tender knee? Consider seeing an orthopedic doctor near you in Houston. Schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.