Integrate exercise into your routine
We’ve all got our hang-ups when it comes to exercise, and if you are trying to start or improve an exercise routine, acknowledging those hang-ups is important. The psychological literature tells us that when it comes to making a change, willpower alone isn’t enough. You also have to anticipate obstacles and find a realistic way to integrate the new behavior into your existing routine. With that in mind, here are ten of our hard-won tips:
Exercise at the same time every day
This is why every morning at 7:15, after her older daughter has left for the bus stop, Ali hops on her recumbent exercise bike and rides until 7:45, when she has to get ready to take her younger daughter to school. If you don’t have a regular schedule, do what Susan does and spend a few minutes each Sunday previewing the week ahead and figuring out how to fit in exercise. Then write it into your calendar.
Choose exercise that fits your life
Walking and running are great for travellers because all you need to pack are clothes and a pair of running shoes. Ask the concierge or anyone at the front desk for a good, safe route to take. Many hotels keep trail maps on hand.