How to Schedule Time for Physical Activity

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If you are working to improve your health, physical activity must be a part of your plan. There are numerous benefits associated with physical activity, such as weight loss, lower blood pressure, improved arthritis, pain management and improved cardiorespiratory fitness. Here are five tips to keep in mind as you plan your workout routine.

Work out in the morning if possible

Research has shown those who exercise in the morning tend to see more success. This is partly due to getting exercise out of the way first thing before obstacles can get in the way.

Write it down

It may feel like you are doing a good job working out on a regular basis, but you may be surprised when you actually review a black and white record. You can keep track in a journal or wall calendar of the days/length of your workouts. Keep an eye on the calendar to see if you are getting a workout in an average of 5 days per week.

Keep it fun

If you dread working out, it's going to be that much harder to stick with. Select activities you'll enjoy.

Enlist support

Consider hiring a personal training for a set number of sessions per month. If you know someone is waiting for you and you've paid for their time you are much less likely to skip out. This is an easy and effective way to hold yourself accountable and ensure you continue moving towards your goal.