Training season has started for this year’s fall races, and I’m thankful for the slightly cooler temperatures, even if the break in the heat is only temporary. K and I ran four miles in the rain yesterday, and we’re looking forward to getting back into a regular running routine over the coming weeks.
Here are today’s three actionable tips:
- Aim for consistency.
— When you spend 10 to 20 minutes exercising on a regular basis, that time will add up quickly. Consider that spending 15 minutes on a given day becomes 90 minutes over six days and 78 hours over the course of a year. Whether you exercise most days for at least 10 minutes or you exercise for 30 minutes every other day, remaining consistent with your efforts will allow you to improve over time at a gradual pace and make significant progress without a Herculean effort.
- Use an app to help you track.
— Consider using one of the many available smartphone apps to help you track your exercise habits. Depending on your preferences and the app you choose, you can benefit from GPS tracking, community support, and additional activity-specific tracking features. Collecting data on your exercise habits will allow you to measure your progress over time. Note: the app you select isn’t as important as your consistency in using the app once you’ve picked one.
- Choose to improve.
— Aiming for small improvements, such as increasing your walking pace or holding a plank for another five seconds, can help you continue to build your endurance and strength. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It doesn’t get easier; you just get stronger.” Continue to challenge yourself, and you will get stronger. Improving your fitness level is a choice, backed up by taking consistent, aligned action.