This is STEP SIX in my six-part series on steps to a healthier you!
You knew this was coming.
You cannot be healthy without exercise.
Just won't happen.
And when I say exercise I mean exercise.
Not walking to a co-worker's desk 5 times a day.
Unless your co-worker's desk is 1/2 mile away from yours.
1. Make a plan: think about what you LIKE to do and find out where you could do it. If you hate the exercise that you are doing, chances are you will not stick with it! Your chosen exercise(s) should be cardiovascular in nature (gets your heart beating) but should contain some resistance training as well (even if it's only your own body weight). If you need help with a plan, find a personal trainer (a certified one) to get you started. Check out the American College of Sports Medicine's Profinder.
2. Find the time: schedule it into your day. Like a work meeting. I am calling myself out: When someone asks me to attend a meeting, etc. during my designated "workout time" I say that I am busy. I do not say what I am doing. But I'm booked. Because I know that if I miss that window, I'm not going to get it done. You DO have the time. I promise.
3. How much? Studies have shown health benefits can be achieved from 150 minutes/week. Assistance with weight loss (if that is your goal) can happen with 250-300 minutes/week. As always, check with your health care provider before beginning a program if you have not been active in the recent past. And start slowly to prevent injury.