As many of us have begun our resolutions to exercise, negative thinking creeps into our thoughts. How am I going to squeeze anything else into my already packed schedule? I’m too tired to exercise. It’s boring. Sound familiar?
For me this is where the power of positive thinking comes in. The benefits of exercise are very powerful and I often have to remind myself before and during my exercise routin First I think of how much better I feel physically and the sense of accomplishment I feel when I finish. The more I exercise the stronger & more flexible my muscles are improving my back pain and reducing my risk of injury especially at my age. I have better balance reducing my risk of falling. My energy level is higher and I can keep up with my grandson. Not to mention all the other health benefits (weight management, lower blood pressure, raise “good” cholesterol, etc). So here are some other ideas to help you stay on track.
1. Have a plan. This maybe a home exercise program that your Physical Therapist developed with you. It could be one you design. The important thing is that you know what you will be doing, how often and what your goals are.
2. Rethink your current routine. If you go for coffee every Sunday, try walking instead of driving. Are there other ways to fit iexercise into your daily routine?
3. Choose physical activities that you like. You will be more likely to keep doing it if you enjoy it.
4. Switch things up and make gradual progressions to your plan. This helps with boredo and keeps the continum of fitness going.
5. Ask family and friends to do exercises with you. Scheduling a exercise time with othe can be motivating.
6. Remember to talk to your Physical Therapist if something is not working or you are ready to move forward with the exercises. Use the professional staff you have available keep your exercise routine on track.
Think Positive, you can do it!