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How To Get Into The Habit Of Exercising More

Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 11-Jul-2016

Exercise is a critical component to maintaining long-term health and achieving fitness goals. But making exercise a habit isn’t always as easy as it might seem. Exercise requires a commitment that must be maintained over time.

Knowing how to get into the habit of exercising more helps you establish the lifestyle changes needed to achieve the results you’re after. The following tips will help you create a more consistent and effective exercise routine.

Take it One Step at a Time

The biggest mistake most people make is trying to do too much too soon. Exercise must be applied correctly in order to achieve the best results. If you’re new to exercise, avoid high-intensity programs or complex exercises before you’ve learned the basics.

Having enthusiasm is great, but being overly ambitious when it comes to exercise can lead to injury or an inability to stay committed to your goals. The best way to exercise is to increase the intensity slowly as you progress.

Start by walking and doing calisthenics before progressing to running and lifting weights. This allows your body to adjust to the increase in activity and lets the muscles and joints adapt to the increased intensity.

Make it a Part of Your Daily Schedule

In order to get into the habit of exercising more, it has to be a priority just like anything else. Like work and social activities, you should also make exercise a part of your daily routine by including it in your calendar system.

Plan ahead and determine when and where you’ll be able to exercise. Include it in your calendar so that you don’t allow other things to pull you away from it. Scheduling your exercise lets you prepare in advance so that you have everything you need when it’s time to exercise.

Set a Goal

Goal setting is essential to making exercise a habit. But it has to be done the right way in order to achieve the benefits of an exercise program. Your goals must be specific and measurable. This allows you to track your progress and make any necessary changes.

For example, a goal of “getting in shape” isn’t specific or measurable enough to achieve long-term success. Instead, your goal might be to “lose 20 pounds by the summer season” or “gain 10 pounds of muscle for the upcoming hiking trip”. These goals can be measured over time and provide a specific target for which to aim.

Making exercise a habit requires you to consider these 3 steps. Make exercise a progressive process that allows you to achieve results consistently. Plan it in your daily calendar so that you remain committed to your goals while making those goals specific and measurable.

If you’d like to learn more about how exercise can benefit your overall health, please contact us today. Remember, at Physiomed…Healthier Starts Here.

Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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