Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself, but it can be hard to make it a priority in an already busy schedule. Even with the best intentions, keeping a fitness routine on track can be tricky. Check out these tips to help you succeed.
- Do it for yourself. Physical activity can be an important part of living with COPD. Being “internally motivated,” or exercising for yourself and your health instead of working out because you want to look good for an event like a wedding or class reunion, makes you more likely to stick with it for the long run.
- Take baby steps. It may be tempting to do too much from the start because you want to see results quickly, but it’s best to ease into a new exercise routine. Speak to your doctor, start slowly and gradually increase your work outs as you feel the need for a greater challenge.
- Keep it interesting. It’s hard enough to stay motivated, but if your exercise routine feels tedious, you’re less likely to stick to it. Doing different types of workouts, like walking, stretching or light weights, will keep you engaged and can be better for your body, as you’ll use different muscle groups.
- Bring a friend.The pull of the couch can be tough to fight, but a workout partner can keep you honest. It's harder to skip that daily walk when you have a pal who is counting on you.
- Add it to the agenda. Brushing your teeth and eating breakfast are everyday things that you do automatically. Exercise can be just as much a fixture in your routine if you make it a regular habit.
You can work a fitness program into your schedule, and these tips will keep you motivated to focus on your fitness. It’s always important to consult your doctor before starting an exercise routine.