Sometimes it’s coming up with ideas or options when setting an exercise goal that can be the challenge.
So what can you do to start moving more?
- Start small – set a realistic goal. If you haven’t been exercising at all, saying you will start walking 5 days a week for 60 minutes a time is likely not gonna happen! Something closer to achievable is 30 minutes 2 – 3 times per week. Anything on top is a bonus and you can always adjust your goal down the track
- Walk or ride to work – you know you have to get there anyway and how annoying is traffic?!
- Don’t own a bike but want to trial it? How about hiring one or borrowing from a friend for a few days. Here in Melbourne there is a great initiative called bike share. There are bike stations and helmets for hire all around the city. You can hire a bike from one spot and drop it off in another. At $2.90 per day or 60 bucks a year – there is really no excuse not to give it a go!
- Get a pedometer or an activity tracker such as a “Fitbit”. It’s amazing how this start to make you more aware of how active you’re being, and encourages you to do more. You can pick up a basic pedometer for ~$5 from some supermarkets, chemists or electronic stores
- Many health funds have incentives for activity trackers and being more active these days – find out what your fund offers
- Join a team sport. Can’t think of anyone to join a team with? Call or email a local sporting association and ask if anyone needs an extra player
- Go for a walk in your lunch break – even if it’s only 10 minutes. It will break up your work day and you’ll be more productive in the arvo
- Take the stairs whenever you can. It’s an excellent strength workout and great training for cool events such as Stadium Stomp
- Are standing work desks an option in your workplace? If they are, definitely give it a go. Suggest a stand-up meeting at work – people tend to get more done more quickly when they’re standing! Even better – ask for a walking meeting and use the opportunity to get outside
- Trial a gym – most gyms offer a free weeks trial. Try before you buy. Get to know some of the classes or equipment and decide if it’s for you or not
- Fun run – register for a Fun Run so you have something to work towards. They actually can be fun and start at ~ 3 – 5km. There are plenty of phone apps to get you to 5km if you’re not a runner, such as “Couch to 5k”