By guest writer Mollie Wilson
As we get older, a tragic shift occurs. We play less, work more, eat more, and drink more. Our bodies grow, get older and get a bit more worn out. It’s the natural circle of life and it’s an inevitability that one day, you’re going to wake up with knees a bit more tired than usual and a waistline protruding a bit further than it should for the good of your overall health. While a little bit of weight gain is natural as you age, a plethora of it isn’t good and can be detrimental not only to your physical health but to your mental health and overall lifestyle as well. After all, no one wants to be the guy at the office that runs out of breath when he has to take the stairs. The cause of this weight gain and decline in health as you age is a simple one: as we get older, we move our bodies less.
As a kid, you’re constantly running around, playing, and generally causing a ruckus; however, the older you get, the bigger problems and more important priorities you have. We begin to play less, be that outside or in sport, and thus, we gain weight and our bodies become less accustomed to moving, meaning the natural aging that occurs affects us that much more. While this isn’t the best news for those of us working in an office, as it can be tough to get moving when you need to do your work behind a computer every day, there is a bright spot in the drudgery of office life. Moving your body and exercising for just 150 minutes a week has been shown to greatly improve the overall health of the average person. That means working out 5 days a week for just 30 minutes can make a huge difference in your overall health and in your overall quality of life.
While this may sound like a miracle cure, we realize it’s far from that. Finding 150 minutes within your already full week can be a mountain of a task. However, it’s a task that must take a priority if you want to improve your health and set a good example for the health of your family. If you’re trying to incorporate a workout into your every-day (or near every-day) life, then try some of our go-to tricks for making sure we get a sweat on, each and every day!
Start Your Day on a Sweaty Note.
The biggest excuse people have to not go to the gym is that they ‘simply don’t have the time’, and we can agree that sometimes, (okay a lot of the time) your day can really just get away from you. You have to stay late at the office, pick up kids from practice, cook dinner, run errands, and the list goes on. That’s why, if you’re serious about making the gym and exercise a part of your daily routine, you should consider incorporating it into your morning routine, before you even go to work. There are fewer people demanding your time at this hour and it’ll wake you up better than that first cup of coffee! If you have trouble waking up early, try the app that wakes you up at the best time during your sleep cycle. This way, you’re the least tired for when you wake up and are less likely to hit snooze.
Pack your Gear the Night Before.
Whether or not you take our first tip to heart (we see you night owls), another great way to ensure you get to the gym before or after work is to pack your gear the night before. This eliminates the excuses you could provide yourself and, if you get yourself a cute gym bag, you can take your gym clothes with you. The powers of Netflix are a lot less strong when you’re going straight from the office to the gym instead of having to stop at home first.
Plan your Meals a Week Ahead.
If you haven’t quite caught on yet, planning ahead is a major key when it comes to making time for the gym. By planning your meals, a week in advance, you can cut down on the number of trips to the store you have to make, can request help on nights you need it, and can meal prep. In addition, planning meals ahead tends to lend itself to healthier eating in general, a great habit to accompany your daily trip to the gym.
Focus on Recovery.
This is especially important both as you age and for those just starting to exercise and go to the gym. Chances are, you’re going to be sore and achy when you first start, no matter who you are, and when you’re sore, you want to go back to the gym the next day significantly less than when you’re not sore. A good way to combat this is proper stretching, good hydration, and finding
ways to loosen your muscles. A great way to do this is with a CBD oil. Finding a coconut oil with CBD in it and convincing your spouse to rub it on your sore muscles will leave you feeling much better and ready to get back in the gym!
This is an age-old trick, but it’s stuck around because it works. Finding ways to motivate yourself, be that through a reward or a competition with friends can be a great way to get in the habit of going to the gym regularly and making healthy habits. We suggest, if you’re looking for a way to motivate yourself, not to do it with food but instead with tools that will make going to the gym easier and more fun! So, if you hit your goal of going to the gym 5 days in a row, reward yourself a new water bottle or set of workout bands, if you hit your goal for a whole month, reward yourself with a new Apple Watch. In terms of competition, it can be as simple as starting a Facebook group with friends who also have health and fitness goals, or you can set up a challenge with other friends on your Fitbit or Apple Watch. Utilizing social media and following body-positive fitness influencers can be another great way to motivate yourself and surround yourself with like-minded individuals as well!
While every method might not work for you, that’s okay, the point isn’t to all of a sudden start trying every single new thing that comes along in order to get to the gym. Instead, find what works for you and stick to it. Getting into a healthy habit, such as going to the gym and getting daily exercise is much more related to the persistence you have rather than the perfection you have doing it.
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