Regular exercise is a must for people of all ages, but as we get older, maintaining a consistent exercise regime seems to get harder and harder. If you’re determined to retire in Florida and make the most of it, here are some tips to help you stick with your exercise so that you can fully enjoy all the great weather and entertainment that Florida has to offer.
To avoid finding excuses for not working out, it is best to start your day with a workout. Set your alarm, lay out your exercise clothes and gear and jump straight into it. There’s no reason you can’t have a cup of coffee to get you going first, though. Not only does coffee generally improve your mood, but it can help you burn up to 15 percent more calories for three hours after exercise.
Perhaps the most important key to sticking with an exercise plan is knowing what works best for you. If you absolutely hate working out, you’re not going to do it. If you hate exercise classes, but love swimming, stick with swimming. Exercise isn’t just about cardio and weight training classes and circuits. Horseback riding, kayaking, cycling, swimming, tennis, dancing, and walking are all worthwhile forms of exercise. When you retire in Florida, you have the benefit of a vast array of activities at your fingertips that can keep you active and entertained. Plus, by mixing up your activities, you keep your interest up and you also end up working different parts of the body.
Another way to keep at your exercise plan is by enlisting a friend to hold you accountable. Make a standing date with a friend to go for a brisk walk every morning or to attend an exercise class. Not only do you have someone providing additional motivation, but exercising with a friend is always more enjoyable and you’re liable to work out longer than if you were exercising alone. People who share their lives with a dog have a great motivator, because even if their regular exercise buddy isn’t available, a canine companion is always up for a good walk.
No matter what you do, try to establish a habit. By blocking off certain days and certain times of day solely for exercise, it becomes part of your regular routine. Even if you’re not in the mood, you’ll be surprised by how good you feel afterward and you’ll be happy you got in your regular exercise.