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5 Tips to Inspire Your Fitness Routine

We know exercise is good for us, so how do we get motivated to move? Here are five tips to help take the first step — and stick with it.

Tip one: Understand the benefits

Fitness has more benefits than you may realize. Exercise can help you:

  • Control your weight.
  • Manage stress.
  • Combat health conditions and diseases.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Boost your energy.
  • Sleep easier and deeper.

Tip two: Choose for the right reasons

Rather than feel obligated, choose to live a healthier life for you. Your choice honors the Lord and does right by your family.

Tip three: Make health a priority

Once you set your mind to your goal, make sure it gets the attention and time it deserves. To do that, set smaller, achievable goals — and stick to them by breaking them down into manageable chunks. Schedule the time and respect it as you would a work meeting or church commitment.

Tip four: Reward yourself

When you hit a small goal, reward yourself with something that you enjoy and can help you later (such as new workout music). When you reach a larger goal, treat yourself to a bigger reward (such as new running shoes). Steer clear of food as a treat and exercise as punishment.

Tip five: Go in with a friend

Join forces with your spouse, child, co-worker or friend. Plan to exercise together as part of your daily routine. Most people stay faithful to their commitment to exercise if they're having fun with a friend.

As with any lifestyle change, you'll need to start slowly and build up to your long-term goals gradually. Be sure to check with your doctor before you begin. Then listen to your body. Slow down if you feel pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or nausea.

Be sure to visit GuideStone's wellness website for tips and motivational stories about GuideStone participants who are working exercise into their lives.

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention welcomes the opportunity to share this general information. However, this article is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.