Once you give the active life a try, it will become addictive—and I mean that in a very positive way! But first you need to get motivated. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Find something you like – Find something you can stick with—convenient, affordable, and pleasurable.
- Have a regular buddy to Nancercize with.
- Find or create an outdoor exercise group.
- Schedule a regular time and stick to it until it becomes a habit that’s
harder to break than to keep.
- Usually, it’s best to exercise in the morning because so many excuses
can come up during the day . . . and it sets the stage for an energized
- Find out which type of exercise suits you better—casual or structured—
or a combination of both.
- Set goals for yourself or your group and congratulate yourself when you meet them. A good guideline is to increase the intensity or duration by 10% each week, except if you are ill or injured (then you need to cut back for a while).
- Keep track of your progress, using a tracking sheet like the one in my Nancercize book, which covers one week: you might want to make copies and put them in a three-hole binder.
- Hire a trainer to work with at least at first to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly. Nothing demotivates more than an injury or lack of progress.