From the desk of Lori Aufderhar, Summit’s Director of Operations/Retirement Coach:
It’s not if I’m going to exercise today, it’s what am I going to do for exercise today.
Have fun! Vary it up. Look at your day or the next few days and see when you are free to exercise. Need to get up early to go to the gym or in-between things? Are you traveling? Find a trail on your route to take a break from a long drive, walk the airport corridors, or find a park to walk in. City streets can be fun walks.
Avoid getting stuck in a rut, going through the motions of a routine. It’s great to go to a consistent exercise class when your schedule allows yet when you have something come up, it can be easy to miss exercise all together or not accept an invitation to do something fun because you don’t want to miss your class. Be flexible, be mindful with your schedule, and select what works for you from day to day.
Use it or lose it – don’t stop doing things you enjoy. Love to ride bicycles? Don’t stop – get out on the trail and each spring get the bikes ready and hit the trails. Maybe take a refresher class of something, like golf in the spring to get you back on track.
Think of “one a day” in a new way. I mentioned in an earlier blog of getting bogged down in rigid routines that can trap you from pursuing things you want to do. For example, getting into the TV program trap whereby the one program you watch daily turns into watching more programs trapping you at home. Or the trap of doing one thing per day to get you out of the house that keeps you from scheduling other things you really want to do.
Thinking about “one a day” in a new way can sound like, “It’s not IF I’m going to exercise today, it’s WHAT am I going to do for exercise today?” Or it might be nutritionally, making sure you get your daily nutritional needs met by making sure you eat veggies daily. Or it might be making sure you get at least one social contact in per day either in person or by phone.
What is if for you? What do you want to change? Are you missing things you love? Are you stuck in a rut? Are you incorporating exercise everyday no matter what else you have going on? Stop and think about it and decide what changes you want to make and who you might want to include. Most of all, enjoy what you’re doing.