Do you want to be more active, but have trouble getting motivated? Starting a new habit and sticking to it is difficult for many people. So many things get in the way and your favourite comfy chair or TV program can look very enticing after a long, busy day. But did you know that fitting in just 15 minutes of focused activity each day can start you on the way to an energized lifestyle? Who knows where it will take you.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Have a distraction
Research studies show that people who have a distraction are more likely to stick with a fitness activity than people who don’t. Brisk walking outdoors provides its own distractions. The scenery and street activity will keep your senses occupied, while your feet keep you moving. If you are fitting in your 15 minutes indoors, listen to the radio, play music you enjoy or workout while watching your favourite TV program.
2. Have a buddy
Research studies also tell us that people who get active with a buddy find it easier to stay active. Invite your partner, a friend, neighbour, relative, one of your children or bring along the family dog to join you for a 15-minute walk or workout. Make it a time to talk, laugh and connect.
3. Pick a specific time of day
Decide on the best time of day to set aside your 15 minutes so it becomes something to look forward to. Then you can schedule other activities around it. Keep to your scheduled time as much as possible.
4. Try not to miss a day
Think of fitting in 15 minutes as a regular daily activity – like taking a shower in the morning. It can be easy to find reasons not to fit in 15. There are always so many other things to do. But the more you fit it in, the easier it gets until you hardly have to think about it. If you miss a day or two, don’t give up! Just fit it in again as soon as you can.
Canada’s chiropractors are committed to helping Canadians be more physically active. A chiropractor can evaluate your strength and flexibility, and screen for anything that may limit your physical activities. Ask your chiropractor for an evaluation. To find a chiropractor near you, use the chiropractor locator on our website at www.chiropractic.on.ca. And in Ontario, you don’t need a referral to see a chiropractor.