We know. It's hard to get motivated to set aside time for the gym or a daily walk. Do you need some great reasons why you should renew your commitment to exercise? How about these: the days are longer so there is more time to work out, your health is worth it, and it is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Did that convince you? If so, here are some easy ways you can get fitness back into your life.

1. Be realistic.
Sometimes the hardest part about getting fit is simply starting a routine. It is important that you are realistic about your physical activity. Don't try and start something you won't stick with. Remember, any physical activity is better than none at all. Try adding a 15-minute walk to your lunch break or to your evening after work. If you maintain this and start feeling the benefits, then you will consider adding more.

2. Do a little more.
If you already go for a walk once or twice a week, try upping it to three or four times a week. Or try a new route that is a little longer. Again, keep your fitness routine realistic, but try to increase the length or regularity of your routine when possible.

3. Make it fun.
We so often dread our exercise routines. So, we recommend that you do anything you can to make it fun. Workout with a friend, put together a playlist of your favorite songs, try a Zumba class or workout in a scenic park. Get creative!

4. Change it up.
Don't just work out the same way every time. You are bound to get bored and then be less inclined to stick with it. Try yoga one week and strength training another. Try a spin class for a while and then try biking with a friend along a local waterfront on a regular basis. Variety will keep you motivated!

5. Make it a priority.
No matter how you slice it, you need to make time for fitness. With family commitments and busy careers, this isn't an easy task. It is up to you to find the time and make your health a priority. If you can make time for a chat on the phone or a game of Words with Friends, then you can carve out 20 minutes of your day for fitness. Try it! You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

North Hills Hospital is committed to helping our patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight. Are you looking for more information about weight loss and bariatric surgery? Please visit us online or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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