9 Easy And Painless Ways To Make Fitness A Habit

A new fitness regimen seems intimidating. But take baby steps towardsfitness and ease into the lifestyle.

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1.  Fitness regimes can be intimidating — especially for first timers. Don’t let that come in the way of your resolutions though. Here are a few baby steps to incorporate fitness in your daily lifestyle till you tackle something bigger. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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2. Walk up the stairs: You can begin to make minor changes by making it a point to take the stairs instead of the elevators wherever you can (unless of course if you have to reach the 22nd floor). And, if you are running late, run up the stairs. It’s a simple way to reap the benefits of cardio. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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3.  Get off a stop or two earlier on your way to office: If you use public transport to office, try getting down one or two stops before your destination (provided they aren’t too far apart). Walk to your office. This way you can complete your quota of your daily walk. It will even help you connect with your surroundings better, since you won’t be speeding past them any more. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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4.  Join your your kids during their next playtime: Remember how much you looked forward to playing as a child? You can cultivate the same love for fitness by tagging along the next time your children decide to play. Frisbee, badminton or even hopskotch are a great way to exercise without feeling like it. it is also a great way to bond with your kids and learn more about their temperament, likes and dislikes. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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5. Drag a friend along: Being held accountable for your actions is an effective to way to maintain fitness discipline. Ask a buddy to join you on your daily jog or a spinning session. You can then motivate each other to stay committed to your goals. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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6. Take your dog for a walk: Dogs need regular physical activity to remain fit and healthy — and humans do too. Caring for your dog’s health needs will automatically help you too. Don’t miss out on that customary walk with your dog every day. They will love you for it, and you will love them for being such a great stress buster. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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7. Don’t take shortcuts, run your errands on foot: Been agonising over your to-do list that never seems to be done? Double motivation might just help you. You can take care of both — your fitness needs and your never-ending to-do list — by running these errands on foot. You can walk to the nearest grocery store, for example. The sense of accomplishment will help you tackle all other tasks for the day. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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8. Sign-up for something new: Bored of the treadmill, the weights or your daily walking route? Break the monotony by trying something new — like a martial arts class or a zumba class. After all, it’s never too late to learn something. Plus, regular physical activity and new challenges help keep dementia at bay. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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9. Include physical activity wherever you can: If you are a nature buff, sign up for that hiking trip or dedicate yourself to taking care of your garden. Join ‘dancersise’ classes to meet your fitness needs while having fun dancing. If you like exploring, explore your surroundings on foot. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers though. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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10. Lastly, don’t forget to reward yourself: Reward yourself from time to time with a visit to the spa, that occasional bowl of dessert or a scented bubble bath. Just don’t over do it and undo the benefits of your newfound discipline. Go ahead, you know you deserve it. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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