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When it gets difficult to find the motivation to get up and get moving, you’re feeling out of shape and don’t know how to get started, just the thought of starting to exercise can be paralyzing. What should you do? Find motivation and joy in moving your body. Follow these tips and be mindful, break through whatever is stopping you, and start moving today:

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Eliminate excuses

It’s easy to find excuses not to exercise or keep your body moving, but excuses are just that. You can make time if exercise is a priority in your life. Those 15 minutes you spend perusing social media could be 15 minutes of moving your body. Scheduling those 15 minutes in your calendar can remind you it’s time to get moving.

Mix it up

One of the reasons people don’t exercise is they don’t actually enjoy the exercise itself. If that’s how you feel, it’s time to move outside the box and get creative. Find a style of exercise that you do enjoy. It might be something you’ve never tried before so be open to experimenting with something new. From yoga to a group fitness class, to hiking, there are so many forms of exercise to choose from. Mix it up, and you might just discover something you really enjoy.

Use your breaks to move

During the workday, it’s tempting to use your break to zone out or get a snack, but moving your body instead is beneficial all around. Head outside and take a walk, or stow weights under your desk to work your arms when you get tired. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a couple times a day, keeping your blood and body moving has huge benefits. You’ll feel better, sleep better at night, and find that you’re more focused and productive at work.

Make it mindful

Work on being aware of how your body feels throughout the day so you can connect with yourself and how you feel. Remind yourself to cultivate awareness. If you’re focused on your health and wellness, you’ll pay attention to what your body, and your mind, truly need. Think about how your body feels each day. Does your back ache or do your legs feel tight? What movement would feel good today?

Don’t sweat it

Waiting for the right time to exercise in the way you think you should might keep you from doing it at all. Don’t get in your own way and be mindful of what you can do. Find little ways to move more—take the stairs, walk instead of drive, stand instead of sit—and you’ll be making a difference. While aerobic exercise is necessary, it’s not always convenient.

You can do this

Staying motivated to move your body doesn’t have to be as complex as you might think. Don’t let your fears or excuses stop you. Use those small time throughout your day and stay mindful about how you can move around in whatever way works for your life.

Damilola Faustino

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