Developing a good exercise routine is critical to maintaining one’s overall health. People can try many types of sport or weight-bearing activities that will help to increase their muscle mass, flexibility and endurance, as well as helping to lift their moods. One of the problems that some people encounter who exercise is finding the motivation to keep at it on a weekly basis. It becomes very easy to slip into the habit of sleeping in and telling oneself to go out for a run. In the end however, you will feel much better if you develop a more personalized exercise routine that works for you, and not one that you think is what you should be doing.
I have never exercised in the conventional way, and have developed over the years various methods to keep me motivated. Variety in the exercise routine is a great way to keep it fun, and mixing up where and when you exercise will put the enjoyment back into the sport. Running outside instead of on the treadmill, swimming in the sea instead of a pool, or biking around your town instead of on a stationary bicycle at home in front of the T.V. These are all ways to bring your exercise routine to the ‘Great Outdoors’ that will help breathe new life into what your normal schedule is used to.
I often alternate my exercise routine with different types of aerobic activity. Running is a great way to get in shape, but doing the same route consistently each day can become tiresome after a while. I have made a conscious effort to ride a bike or swim in the nearby ocean to work different muscles. Just when I thought I was in shape, riding a bike has taught me that not all of me is exactly as fit as I should be.
Recruiting others to join you in your daily exercise routine can help you break out of a rut and can help the time pass more quickly. Chatting to a friend while you run or while you workout at the gym can keep you motivated.
The most important thing to remember is that exercise need not be a chore, but an enjoyable activity that you should want to do throughout your entire life. It is up to each person to find a routine that works for them that they can visualize doing for a long time. Keeping an open mind and trying new ways to exercise will allow you to keep your interest and motivation up for years to come.