Getting Active & Staying Active

Monday Lifestyle Education Discussion:
“Getting Active & Staying Active”
Is there anyone who DOESN’T know that exercise and physical activity is great for your health? I am confident that everyone reading this post believes in the healing power of exercise. But having knowledge that something is good for you doesn’t naturally evolve into you ACTUALLY doing something about it.  What motivates one person to change, may not motivate another. To simply say that “exercise is good for you” rarely inspires someone to adopt an active lifestyle

So let me ask you: Do you engage in regular physical activity that improves your health? If yes, then why? If no, then why not? This is a simple question, but requires deep exploration of your personal values and goals. I’ll admit that the answers are often out of reach from our consciousness. We say we want health, but somehow our actions contradict our wishes. So what’s the solution? Let’s figure that out!

– Determine the WHY behind your exercise habits. What do you want it to accomplish for you? Improved energy, weight loss, alleviate anxiety/depression, improve strength, functional mobility?
– What are the pros and cons of adopting the exercise behavior? (An initial investment in time and energy is required but it pays off)
– What demotivates you? Lack of quick results? Fatigue? Lack of social support?

Some tips that help motivate and maintain motivation:
– Be clear about what you want to get out of exercise
– Get clear about what your intrinsic motivators are as well as demotivaters
– Closely look at the pros and cons of adopting the exercise behavior
– Jump right in! Don’t wait until everything is perfect or you will never get anywhere. Start with baby steps so that you can establish habits
– Find friends. Keep it social. You’re much more likely to stick with behavior, especially in the beginning, if you can join others
– Schedule it! No one has the excuse of saying “there’s not enough time.” Make it a priority and fit it in with your schedule. You may have to get creative
– Get creative with exercise. Think outside the box. No equipment necessary for workouts
– identify ways to increase movement throughout the day. Park far away. Walk or bike to the grocery, etc
– Aim for 30-60 minutes on most days. Include some strength training exercises

Being active is so much more than exercise.  It’s a daily commitment to move more and sit less, and that’s just a simple way to think of it. There’s 24 hours in the day, 7-8 for sleeping, and the rest?  Get moving!

About the Author
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Weight Loss Coach specializing in lifestyle transformation