- If having trouble staying consistent, aim for the 10 minute rule when exercising. If you feel good, than go for more time! If not, 10 minutes will help you feel better and get you on the road to setting a new habit!
- If 10 minutes seems like too much of a goal, aim to simply bring your gym clothes to work on Mondays (pack the whole week in advance!). Or, if you are retired or are a stay at home parent for example, simply set out your gym clothes in advance where you can see them daily. Or for some, setting a goal to simply get your workout clothes on may be just the trick to get you going!
- If workout intensity is a barrier, aim to lower the intensity of your workouts. Try lowering the intensity of your workouts to a level that you can consistently stick to! For example, if you are having trouble running at a certain speed, reduce your speed on those days or just walk instead! When you have a consistent regular exercise habit, then you can gradually increase speed and intensity as tolerated. Remember, any movement is healthier than no movement!
Yours in good health,
Kevin Grodnitzky, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
Certified Diabetes Educator