Starting an exercise plan doesn’t have to be a formal or scary commitment.
It might be as simple as going for a 20 to 30 minute walk after dinner. Walking first thing in the morning can be very enjoyable. Whilst it can be hard getting out of bed that little bit earlier (especially in Winter), once you are out and enjoying the morning, there is no better feeling than knowing that you are one step ahead of the rest of the world.
The best thing about walking is once you have invested in a good pair of shoes, it is free and flexible – you can do it when it suits you. The downside of doing this by yourself is that it is too easy to talk yourself out of doing it when you are busy or tired (or it’s cold outside!). The best way to overcome this is to find a walking buddy. It might be one of your kids, your partner, or a friend. You are far more likely to stick with exercise if you have someone to support and motivate you along the way.
An exercise plan could take other forms too. If you and your kids enjoy kicking a ball around on the weekend, you could make these casual exercise moments a regular part of your new plan. Maybe you’re a family of keen cyclists, or enjoy the outdoors with regular bush walks. Get the whole family involved, and draw up a weekly plan of things you might each day to get some exercise. It might look something like:
- Monday: A morning walk with your walking buddy (or a canine member of the household!)
- Tuesday: Evening footy session with the kids
- Wednesday: Lunch time walk with work buddy (socialising and exercise in one!)
- Thursday: A class of yoga/zumba/pilates. Check out what’s on at halls, community centres and sports centres in your local area.
- Friday: Morning walk
- Saturday: Family cycle adventure
- Sunday: Rest Day! Rest days are important to allow your body to recover.
Have fun with your exercise, devise an enjoyable exercise plan and remember that any and all movement is a great addition to your day.
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