As you know, at OneLife Medical, one of our core focuses is on preventive care. We see the value in making meaningful lifestyle changes and taking a proactive approach to your health. Regular check-ups and screening exams are vital aspects of preventive care, but this article will focus more on lifestyle choices.
One of the first things many patients here is they need to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.
With more and more jobs that require us to sit at a computer all day or long commutes that take up a lot of our time, we understand the difficulty of getting up and out each day. However, regular exercise is crucial to a well-balanced lifestyle, and because it’s not always as simple as it may seem, we’re here to offer some support!
Incorporating Exercise into Your Daily Life
For some people, exercise isn’t that enjoyable, and it’s mostly seen as something tolerable. Even worse, it’s usually done in a poor environment and viewed as a hindrance to our schedules. However, with the right resources, you can make incorporating physical activity into your daily routine more fun and accessible.
For starters, think of exercise as a movement that connects you to your body and gives you a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, plus a time to step away from your responsibilities. If you’re dealing with high stress, then you could benefit from an exercise regimen.
How Can I Make Exercise Fun?
We’re sure many of you are thinking to yourselves, “can exercise even be fun?” and the answer is YES! You may have to get a little inventive, and that’s fine. You have to find what works for you and your needs.
If you’re the type of person who hates exercise and you know that you will never step foot in a gym or jog around the park, etc. there are ways around this.
Look for opportunities to be physical, like riding a bike to/from work or to run errands on certain days, take the stairs over the elevator, go on walks with friends, etc. There are many ways that you can get yourself moving without actually “working out.”
Find a Boot Camp
Whether you’re new to working out or you’ve taken some time off, a boot camp is an excellent way to get introduced to exercise, plus it’s social. Look for local groups either at a gym or around town.
Join a Team
Another great way to get physical is to play sports! Most places have sports teams year-round and can be a great way to de-stress while having fun and working out.
Give Yourself a Goal
Do you work better when you have a goal to achieve? Sign up for a race, obstacle course, or any other physical event so that you have something to work toward. This motivation can make training more exciting.
Recruit a Support System
Have you ever heard, “teamwork makes the dream work?” This rings true when it comes to working out. Enlist a friend, partner, or family member to be your exercise buddy. This gives you support plus holds you accountable.
You don’t have to spend money or leave your house to work out! Set aside a specific time each day, or a few days a week, and make it your exercise hour.
You can search the App store for different free workout apps that have pre-loaded videos and training ideas. You can also check YouTube for tons of free resources!
Find videos that will guide you through aerobics, dance, yoga, strength training, etc. all from the comfort of your own home.
Whether exercise has become boring or challenging due to injury or recent diagnosis, there are ways to be active and incorporate a healthy amount of physical activity into your daily life. During your consultation or check-ups at OneLife Medical center, we can discuss appropriate work out routines and tips for your health needs.
Get in Touch Today!
Are you ready to start living your best life? Give us a call today to schedule your comprehensive consultation! We’ll give you the resources you need to take control of your health.