First, I am not a fan of easier exercise, especially if you a serious about your results. Results happen when you leave your comfort zone. Making exercise easy means you don’t leave your comfort zone and therefore you don’t get results.
However, just because exercise needs to be challenging to elicit change doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make exercise at least FEEL easier. If exercise feels easier and less like a chore then you are way more likely to stick with it and see the results you desire. Sounds pretty good, huh?
Here are my top 5 ways to make exercise easier on your mind and body:
Do something you enjoy-There are many ways to exercise and it’s not one-size-fits-all. If you have any chance of sticking with a fitness routine for any length of time then you must find something you actually enjoy doing. If you love sports, take part in a sports league. If you love to run, find a running club to join. If you love good ole fashioned weight lifting then find a gym that caters to weight lifting and get going. Just try to find something you like to do…and that actually counts as exercise (hint: bowling and cornhole don’t count, haha). That’s why CrossFit is so popular. For many people it is a fun way to get really really fit. Since it’s fun they show up for workouts and get great results. You just need to find the thing that does that for you.
Eat better-This is a bit of a no-brainer but I see it all the time. It’s a simple math formula. When your diet is full of garbage then you are going to feel like garbage. When you feel like garbage exercise will be hard…very hard. When exercise is too hard you don’t stick with it. When you don’t stick with it you don’t get results. Sound familiar? Also, eating poorly limits the results you will see. It becomes even more difficult to stick to exercise when you are working so hard and not seeing the benefits. Clean up the diet and you will have energy, enjoy working out for a change, and ultimately get results.
Stay hydrated-Nothing, I mean nothing kills athletic performance like being dehydrated. Exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as 2% of body weight. Losses in excess of 5% of body weight can decrease the capacity for work by about 30% (Armstrong et al. 1985; Craig and Cummings 1966; Maughan 1991; Sawka and Pandolf 1990). Good luck sticking with a workout plan under these conditions. Be sure to drink plenty of water (yes water not those sugar filled sports drinks) all day every day. How much water to drink is an inexact science but a good rule of thumb is to consume ½ an ounce of water per pound of body weight. So, a 150 lb person would aim for 75 ounces of water a day. This amount goes up, however, if you are engaging in activities that cause you to sweat a lot.
Get plenty of sleep-Have you ever tried to exercise after a really bad night’s sleep? Just getting to the gym after a bad night of sleep is almost impossible much less being productive once you get there. Having poor sleep habits on a chronic basis is a sure fire way to make exercise exceedingly hard and very tough to stick with. Work on getting 7-9 hours of sleep at night. Not only will this make exercise easier and will make most things in life easier. Getting by on little sleep is not a badge of honor, it’s a sure fire way to sabotage your fitness results and overall health.
Don’t over train-Once you find something you love to do, you start eating well, sleeping well, and hydrating well, you are going to have TONS of energy. It’s very easy to want to utilize that energy by throwing yourself head first into whatever exercise activity you choose. That’s great but try not to overdo it. Overtraining is a great way to get burned out, get injured, and stop enjoying the activity you are participating in. Remember to take it slow and be smart. After all, now that you have made exercise fun and easier you don’t want to ruin it by over doing it.
So, if you have been trying to stick to an exercise program under any of the above other circumstances then no wonder working out has become a miserable chore and tough to stick with.
If being consistent with your exercise routine has proven difficult then work on cleaning up the diet, staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep on a regular basis, finding something you love and enjoy, and not over doing it once you find it. This is a great formula for long-term success.
Make these changes and you will notice more energy, more pep-in-your-step, and a much higher likelihood of staying consistent and accomplishing your goals.
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