Spring is in the air, summer is on the way, and it’s a great time to focus on getting and staying healthy. Sticking to an exercise routine is easier once you’ve mastered the three biggest challenges: cost, time and finding an activity you enjoy.
1. Get outside
Tackling the cost issue is easier than you think. Ditch the gym fees and get outside now that the weather is warming up. Taking a daily walk, run, or bike ride around the neighborhood is not only good for your health, but gives you a chance to get better acquainted with your neighbors. It’s a great way to start or end your day.
There are lots of gorgeous hiking trails and bike paths in northern California. Enjoy a weekend of exploration while you combine low-cost fun and healthy activities. Bring a picnic lunch and dine overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge or vineyards.
2. Include the family
Are you struggling to find the time to exercise between work and family commitments? Some parents find that splitting up responsibilities helps them stay on track. For example, one parent handles the morning routine while the other goes for a run, and then reverse the responsibilities to allow the other to exercise in the evening. You can make your daily walk or bike ride a family activity and bring everyone along, including the dog! Other parents have found ways to include the kids in their workout!
3. Find something you love
Having trouble sticking to a routine? Maybe it’s just that you haven’t found an exercise you enjoy. Check out your local adult education or recreation center for a low-cost way to try out different exercise programs. Most of these programs offer 6 or 8-week classes in everything from martial arts to yoga to Zumba at reasonable prices. Once you find one you like, you can incorporate it into your weekly routine.
Just like you do when instilling a good habit, give yourself about six weeks of commitment to make your new routine stick. Soon you’ll not only begin enjoying a healthy new you, but you’ll find that you look forward to your workouts!