How to Make Movement a Regular Habit for a Healthier Life


Dr Gina Cleo

In our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, where screens dominate our attention and chairs cradle our bodies for hours on end, making movement a regular habit has never been more crucial. From improving physical health to enhancing mental well-being, incorporating movement into our daily lives offers a multitude of benefits. Yet, for many, the idea of exercise can feel daunting. But fear not; with a few simple strategies and a shift in mindset, anyone can create a habit of regular movement for a healthier, more vibrant life. 

First, let’s get on the same page about ‘movement’. Movement doesn't have to mean gruelling gym sessions or exhausting workouts. It can be as simple as taking a leisurely stroll through the neighbourhood, dancing to your favourite tunes in the comfort of your living room or opting for the stairs instead of the elevator. By embracing a broader definition of movement, we open ourselves up to countless opportunities to incorporate activity into our daily routines. 

Consistency is key when it comes to making movement a habit. Start by setting achievable goals and gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your activities as your fitness level improves. Whether it's committing to a daily walk during your lunch break or scheduling regular yoga sessions, find what works for you and stick to it. Remember, even small bursts of activity throughout the day can add up and make a significant difference to your overall health and wellbeing. 

Accountability can also play a valuable role in establishing a regular movement habit. Consider finding a workout buddy or joining a fitness class or group. Knowing that others are counting on you can provide the motivation needed to stay on track, and sharing your progress and challenges with like-minded people can foster a sense of community and belonging. 

The best exercise you can do, is the one you’ll stick to. It’s important to find movement that you enjoy. Whether it's hiking in nature, practicing martial arts, or playing a sport you love, seek out activities that resonate with you personally. When movement becomes something you look forward to rather than a chore to check off your list, you're more likely to stick with it in the long run. 

Finally, be gentle with yourself and embrace flexibility. Life is unpredictable, and there will inevitably be days when your movement plans are derailed by unforeseen circumstances. Instead of viewing these moments as failures, see them as opportunities to practice resilience and adaptability. Remember, every step, no matter how small, brings you closer to a healthier, happier you. 

Dr Gina Cleo

Please note: Dr Gina's blog is general advice only. For further information on this topic, please consult your healthcare professional.

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