I hope you had an excellent weekend! As we pass the middle of July, I’m thinking about ways to spend more time outside. It seems like the summer disappears quickly once we hit August, so I’m putting off the indoor projects right now and soaking up the sunshine. (I’m pretty sure the laundry can wait…)
Here are today’s three actionable tips:
- Set a timer and go.
— Whether you are a seasoned exerciser, a beginner, or somewhere in between, consider using a timer to help yourself improve. For example, you could set a timer while working to increase the number of seconds you hold a plank, or you might want to do rows (or another resistance exercise) for a full minute instead of counting reps. If you know you only must sustain your effort for a short time, you can work harder during that period.
- Walk around your neighborhood.
— Taking a walk around your neighborhood is a great way to add some movement to your day. Walking regularly will strengthen your muscles, bones, and heart, and getting outside will provide fresh air and a change in scenery. Consider using a daily walk as a transition point in your day. For example, you might choose to walk in the morning to get energized, or you could wind down in the evening with a walk before dinner.
- Expect to adapt.
— The first time you try a new activity or exercise, there is a good chance that you will not execute perfectly. That’s okay; it means there is room for improvement. Be okay with starting where you are and expect to adapt and improve your fitness as you go.