When life feels busy, exercise can fall off the to-do list. Don’t let it! We’re creature of habit, so inactivity easily leads to more of the same. It’s a cycle that can be hard to break, since inactivity makes us tired and uninterested in working out or moving.
But there’s good news! Just three days in a row of exercise can improve your energy levels and get endorphins flowing.
People need at least 150 minutes, or two and a half hours, of moderate aerobic activity per week. There are so many fun ways to get moving, especially during summer’s long days and more flexible schedules.
- Make happy hour into activity hour. Get together with friends at the golf course or tennis court in the evening.
- Choose small things that add up. Find little opportunities to squeeze in some exercise. Park farther away. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk while you’re on the phone. Any movement matters!
- Re-evaluate your schedule. Think about times that work best for you. Just because you see people posting about their morning workouts doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Let your personal energy levels be your guide.
- Do something fun. Exercise doesn’t have to be hard or intense. If you feel like you’re in a rut, try:
- Doing yoga at home to center both mentally and physically.
- Organizing regular walks with friends or family.
- Signing up for a dance class – Zumba, tap, or whatever gets you going.
- Getting a group together to roller skate.
- Change is normal. As people get older or experience different health and mobility issues, they may need to make adjustments to their exercise regimens. That’s okay! Be open to switching things up.
Your doctor can help figure out the right type of exercise for you. If you’re in need of a primary care provider, Roseman Medical Group’s providers are dedicated to delivering compassionate care to patients of all ages. Call (702) 463-4040 to schedule an appointment.