6 tips to make daily activity stick
How to form good exercise habits
Enjoying activity as part of your daily routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Health and well-being specialist, yoga therapist and dietitian, Suzanne Pearson shares strategies that can help you make your activity routine stick.
If your fitness routine has been less than consistent this year, you’re not alone. 2020 has thrown a few curveballs but it’s not too late to come out on top. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Start small
It’s easier to find the time and motivation when you start with small, achievable goals. Aim for 10 or even 5 minutes of movement to get your groove on. Do crunches or stretching while you’re watching TV, squats while you fold the laundry or go for a post-dinner walk around the block. When you start with just 5 minutes, you may be inspired to do 5 more and you can gradually build from there.
2. Consistency is key
The more often we do something as part of our daily lives, the easier it becomes and the more likely it is to become a habit. Just like brushing your teeth, doing some sort of movement every day will be wired into your brain so that your day won’t feel complete without it. The key is to get your body used to daily activity and form a habit.
3. Schedule it in
Set aside time in your day to move your body. In doing so, you’re committing to yourself and making moving a priority. It’s helpful to select a time of day that suits you best and stick to that time. Lock it in to your daily agenda as you would any other appointment, and set a reminder so you don’t forget. Easy as!
4. Find something you love to do
With endless options, make moving fun! Walking, dancing, gardening, jogging, biking, sport, playing with the kids, mowing the lawn – even doing household chores – are all great forms of activity. If it’s fun, you’ll look forward to doing it.
5. Mix it up
Enjoy a variety of different activities to keep exercise boredom at bay. As a bonus, you keep the body guessing, which can pay off big time when it comes to your health overall. Trying a range of exercises will also help you find something you enjoy and what works for you.
6. Buddy up
Involving friends or family is a great way to help you stay motivated and keep each other accountable. Join your local fitness group and meet people who are on a similar journey as you. It will also help with keeping yourself accountable. So grab a buddy and get moving!
Suzanne Pearson is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Yoga Therapist and Well-being Advisor with experience across clinical and corporate health. She is passionate about empowering people with various physical and mental health concerns to take control of their health and wellness. Appreciating that no two people can be cared for in the same way, she works with individuals to understand their unique needs and offers personalised lifestyle solutions for health and healing.