Monday, April 12, 2010

Hint #7: Add Exercise to your Agenda

Brace yourself, I am going to share with you a suggestion that will change your life:

Exercise. Daily.

How many of you have ever fallen off the workout wagon? Even I’ll raise my hand to say “Yes,” to that one, and I am a personal trainer. Life happens. We lose track of our priorities. We lose motivation.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be excited to wake up every day at 4:45 a.m., but life is full of surprises, isn’t it? Working out six days every week for at least an hour at a time not only helps my physical strength and endurance, it gives me stamina in other areas of my life. I feel energized, I feel motivated, more awake during the day than ever before.

Certainly you have heard people say "You will feel better when you exercise!" But, it is tough to comprehend until you dive in and find out for yourself. If you have fallen victim to the trials and tribulations of a sedentary lifestyle, I challenge you to change that. Set your alarm an hour earlier tomorrow. Or, bring your tennis shoes to work and walk over your lunch break. Find a workout partner who will join you for an afternoon of activity.

Many of us forget that our heart is a muscle, and like any muscle, if we don’t use it, we will lose it. Give yours a workout on a regular basis. In order to ensure that I exercise, I have to do it in the morning. Otherwise, excuses galore will present themselves. If that sounds like you, I would suggest you also set aside time in the morning. Others of you may be able to squeeze in time later during the day.

The first few days of your new routine will be a challenge, without question. It may feel like you are getting nowhere. You will want to hit snooze on the alarm. You’ll find something to do over lunch. You will have too much to do after work. Do not let those excuses keep you from living and feeling your best.

My advice: Aim for three weeks of daily exercise. And then keep going :)

You can do it, and you should do it, because you only live once.

Now get up, and get moving!

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