3 Tips For Long Term Exercise

Far too many people decide they want to exercise regularly only to abandon the idea a few weeks later. This is particularly prevalent around New Years, which is when the gyms are usually at their busiest, only to drop dramatically by mid-February. If you truly wish to make long term exercise your future, you need to be ready. You need to commit and take steps to always bring yourself to exercising regularly if you are going to continue. Thus, we have compiled three key tips to help you maintain your long term exercise plan.

Invest in Quality Gear

Improper shoes and workout gear can not only reduce your excitement at working out in the first place, thus reducing the potential for maintaining long term exercise, but also increase your risk of injury. If you injure yourself, you will be forced out of commission until it heals. This might be for a very long time or even forever, depending on the severity of the injury. Thus, take the time to pick the proper shoes for your desired exercise plan, as well as a couple of different workout outfits so you do not need to exercise in sweaty or dirty clothes.

Set Reasonable Expectations

Above all, you need to make sure you set reasonable expectations for your long term exercise plan. Realistically, you are not going to be able to workout for two hours every day. You may only manage 30 minutes, or nothing at all. This is because there are a lot of different aspects to your life, including work, school, and family commitments. There may even be, god forbid, an emergency on a particular day that prevents you from engaging in exercise. Make yourself a nice schedule but remember it needs to be flexible so you do not become discouraged.

Choose What You Love

The best exercise for your body is simply the exercise you enjoy. Theoretically, things such as high intensity cardio is more effective than Zumba. However, if you are excited about Zumba, you are far more likely to make the commitment to long term exercise. When you do not enjoy the exercise, the chances you will keep doing it regularly decrease dramatically. This drops its effectiveness.

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