By Jennifer Graffice
Do you know your “Q” when it comes to exercise? “Q” stands for Quality. It’s your reason or your purpose for doing anything. Unfortunately, exercise is not typically something everyone loves to jump out of bed and do. And even if it is something we enjoy, it’s hard to find down time, let alone time to schedule exercise.
We all know exercise is something we should be doing, and there are a million health reasons and benefits as to why. We know we would feel better if we could find the time, yet we still can’t seem to make the transition from saying “I need to get to the gym” to actually taking action. Here are a few simple things that can help you shift your mindset from wishing and thinking to actually doing!
1. Be selfish
When it comes to your health and wellbeing, this should be your number one priority! If you become sick or have a tragic health issue arise, nothing will matter because that crazy schedule you keep will come to a screeching halt and all you will do is wish that you had taken better care of yourself. So rather than treating exercise as a frivolous activity to get to when you have time, think about it as an appointment for yourself. No different than a dentist appointment, a mammogram or even keeping a weekly meeting with your boss. It’s not selfish, it is necessary for you to live and maintain your Q life. Schedule it in your planner like all of your other important appointments, plan for it and make it happen.
2. Partner up
Find an accountability partner or someone who wants to be healthy along with you! Meet at the gym, go for a hike, or take a class together. If you don’t have someone that fits with your schedule, find a spin, pilates, yoga, or weight training class so you can have the consistency and meet like-minded people who are on the same journey. Research proves that when you exercise with others, you are 60 percent more likely to stick with it.
3. Put it on paper
Write down the reasons you should be exercising along with your health goals. Look at your family members and take note of hereditary diseases that you could be faced with or might already be dealing with, and use that as a motivating factor to keep that time for yourself. Once you write it down, place it somewhere you will see it daily as a reminder to stay on track.
4. Find your reason and make it fun
Find a cause or something fun and exciting that means something to you. Do a charity run, obstacle course, bike ride or Grand Canyon hike – whatever sounds fun to you, sign up and do it! If you actually sign up for something and pay the money to participate, you will be held more accountable. Always be searching for the next new adventure!
Give these few simple tips a try, and know that you won’t regret spending the time working on yourself for your own well being.
Jen Graffice is the owner of Qlife and is a professional health and fitness resource. With 20 years in the fitness and wellness industry, she loves to motivate, educate, lead, follow, inspire, challenge and make positive change to everyone around her. Reach her at jengraffice.com.
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