By: Jessica Welhelm , B.S. Exercise Physiology Major, Chemistry and Religion & Health Care Minor
Exercise provides both external and internal benefits that can truly transform an individual’s entire life. While usually touted for the physical benefits such as losing weight and increasing cardiovascular fitness, exercise does so much more than that and can significantly improve energy levels, self esteem, sleep, etc. The unique ability to improve both physical and mental state shows just how powerful the tool of exercise can be and should be capitalized by everyone!
Give Yourself The Tools For Success
1. Schedule it: Think about your day to day life. Important meetings at work tend to have a specific time blocked out for them and a plan in place to ensure efficiency. Act like exercise is a meeting and schedule it! You will be more likely to exercise if it is already put into your schedule.
2. Make it simple: Find what works for you. If you are an early riser maybe wake up an hour earlier. If you are a night owl schedule a walk for after work! Play to your strengths and you will be more likely to succeed long term.
3. Remove obstacles: Plan out your gym clothes the night before or make enough pre-workout meals at the beginning of each week to ensure there are not additional obstacles to meeting your goals.
4. Hold yourself accountable: This may be through working out with a friend or making an account on social media. If you share your hopes and goals with others you are more likely to follow through with these commitments.