How to Make Exercising a Part of Your Lifestyle

How to Make Exercising a Part of Your Lifestyle

April 10, 2019

Exercising regularly is the easiest way to improve both your body and mind. Whether strength training, running, stretching or playing a sport, exercise can reduce your risk for serious physical and mental health problems. Moving your body can boost your energy level and mood, relieve stress, even ease anxiety and depression symptoms—and you don’t have to work out hard to reap the benefits! There’s a lot of different ways to exercise that cater to all ages and physical abilities—find the exercises you enjoy and stick to them.

Personal trainers know that making time for exercise is not always the easiest thing for some people, but where there’s a will, there’s a way! Here are some tips to help make exercising at home or at a gym in Phoenix, AZ an important part of your life.

Plan and prepare

If you have a busy schedule, that’s all the more reason to create an exercise plan and prepare your workout schedule ahead of time. Planning anything ahead of time may not be your strong suit—luckily, we are here to help! Here are some tips:

  • Start by mapping out a realistic timetable for gym days and the types of exercises you want to do each day. It’s easier to be prepared when you know what workouts are on your schedule for a particular day.
  • Before going to bed, pack a bag with everything you’ll need for the following day’s workout. This may include shoes, workout equipment, gloves, clean towels and bottled water.
  • Hunger is a downfall for many gymgoers. Make sure to pack a cooler of healthy, easy-to-grab snacks or meals—cheese, fruit, yogurt, nut butters, meats, energy bars, etc.—to keep in your car. This helps you avoid hunger before and during workouts.

Know your limits

Be sure to listen to your body when implementing an exercise routine. You’ll get to know your body better the more regular your workouts get, meaning you’ll learn what your limits are and what works best for you. Here are two key things to keep in mind:

  • For starters, stop if you feel pain or fatigue. Too many people at the gym will ignore the signs of injury. Minor or serious pain can be intermittent, so take a break from the exercise you are doing and try something else until the pain in that particular area passes.
  • You would think that exercising would cause tiredness, but if you’re doing it right, exercise should give you energy. If you feel fatigued and tired during the course of a workout, give your body a break.

Don’t give up

Starting a new exercise routine, or exercising for the first time on a schedule, can be daunting. Give yourself time to adjust! Make a plan and set some goals, but understand that you also need to invest your time. There are many benefits to not giving up: you’ll soon figure out what exercises you enjoy and want to try, you will learn how to do exercises correctly and your body will get stronger and accustomed to working out.

Ready to join a welcoming gym in Phoenix, AZ? Visit Pamela Young Fitness today to see what we have to offer!

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