Unless you’re a front-line worker, emergency worker, or someone who’s been deemed to have an essential job, you may have a little more time on your hands.
Even executives who’ve been working from home for the past few months report they’re not working the hours they used to. But what are people doing with the time?
Exercise is one of the first things people cut when they get busy. It’s pretty easy to scrap. Most people consider it a hobby and don’t take it seriously, let alone enjoy it. But cutting exercise can be one of the worst decisions you can make.
Getting 30-60 minutes of exercise per day can lead to a host of health benefits, including lower blood pressure, less risk for heart attack or stroke, improved blood sugar, a lower risk of type-2 diabetes, improved immune strength, better mental health…
You get the point.
So, despite all this knowledge and your best intentions, why aren’t you doing it?
I’d say there are likely three or four reasons. The first is that you haven’t found a type of exercise that is truly enjoyable. The second is that it’s not scheduled into your day. The third is that it can be difficult. The last is that there is no accountability.
So, first things first: schedule activity into your daily routine. If waking up and going for a walk or working out in the living room is what you want to do, then be sure to do it. Set your alarm and get up, and don’t allow yourself to miss a session.
If you’re not feeling up to it, remember how you feel after the workout is done. That’s often what keeps people coming back. The sense of accomplishment, energy boost, and knowledge of what that activity does for the body can serve as plenty of motivation.
Of course, a morning workout might not be your thing. That’s okay, just find something that is and a time that works for you. Maybe an afternoon bike ride is more your speed. Whatever you decide to do, remember to take the time to learn to do it properly.
If you can’t be accountable to yourself, then join a workout group. There are hiking groups, tai-chi groups, cycling clubs, bootcamps, and more. They can be performed with social distancing in mind and typically take place in relaxed outdoor settings.
In the instance where you prefer resistance training at home, pick a reliable friend to join remotely. Just remember to choose someone who will be willing to hold you accountable.
You’ve probably got the time—we all do. Finding ways to get over the hurdles is the key to building a successful and healthy workout routine.