5 Tips on How to Exercise Regularly

by Tricia Kawahara

If exercise is so good for us, and everyone knows it, why don’t we exercise more regularly?

At thinkMX, we encourage all our members to establish a daily routine that includes exercise. Consider these 5 tips to help you get and stay on track with your motocross fitness training:

1. Schedule a meeting with yourself
When was the last time you decided not to attend a meeting at work? Or the last time you
opted not to drive your child to their sporting event? For most people, the items that are
scheduled are always completed. This is why I encourage you to schedule
“exercise meetings” with yourself and treat it just like you would any other appointment.

2. Commit to partner or group training
Similar to scheduling an “exercise meeting”, committing to an exercise group or
scheduling weekly fitness sessions with a friend provides motivation and helps to ensure
dedication. Sign up for group training sessions that are typically scheduled on the same day of the week and at the same time of day become appointments that you learn to plan around.

3. Avoid the all or nothing philosophy
What many people do not understand is that any amount of exercise is good for you. How many times have you begun an exercise program only to quit after realizing your schedule could not handle your best intentions? Beginning an exercise program is a lifestyle change and it is important to resist the temptation to add too much too quickly. Start by scheduling 15-minute workouts into your day. In many cases you will see better results then scheduling 5 hour-long workouts per week that you only adhere to one time. Have trust that later on you will find the time and energy for ½ hour-long workouts and look forward to completing them.

4. Workout early in the day
As the day goes on the more excuses you will find not to workout! Invest in your health and fitness first by completing your fitness workout in the morning before you start anything else.

5. Combine Activities
Workout during commercials; make family time active time; walk your kids to school or
walk to work. Most people think they need more hours in a day to fit a workout in when really they could just incorporate exercise into their regular activities of daily living.

About the Author
Tricia Kawahara of Calgary, Alberta is the owner of Inspiration Training, helping individuals and sports teams to set and achieve fitness goals through functional and specific training.

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