Tips to Make Fitness a Part of Your Lifestyle

When it comes to fitness some of us have an all or nothing philosophy. We either spend hours in the gym or running a marathon (or training for one) or we sit around on the couch and gain weight. Well, doing nothing is not good but I can understand not wanting to prepare every day like you were going to join the Olympics. However there is a happy medium. You can make fitness a part of your lifestyle without having to go overboard. Here are some helpful, and easy, ways you can incorporate fitness into your daily routine:

  1. Change Your Thinking – Your first step towards making fitness a part of your life is to change the way you think about it. Getting fit does not mean hitting the gym for hours or getting a personal trainer. Instead it is about moving more in your day to day life and taking care of your body/ You don’t have to suffer to be fit. Just like going on a crash diet, going crazy with fitness is a sure way to fail. Instead make gradual changes that you can live and be happy with. It takes time to go from blob to buff, but if you work at it a little at a time you can pull it off.

  2. Get Outside –I am a big outdoors person. Being in nature inspires me. It may not be the same for you, but getting your daily dose of vitamin D producing sunshine is a great way to wake up your body and get it ready for movement. Staying outside for just ten minutes a day can help your mind and body to acclimate to the seasons, the temperatures and the climate of your region. The more you are outside the more you learn to relax, breathe deep, and your body prepares itself to get moving. Don’t just stand there. Go watch a sunrise, walk along the beach, climb some trees or whatever else you see to do. Even walking your dog can be a chance to enjoy the outdoors and be active. Then you are hitting two birds with one stone!

  3. One Step at a Time –Every journey starts with a single step, and that includes the journey to becoming fit. If you are so out of shape that you can only walk for ten minutes that is still ten minutes of movement. Work your way up from there. Walk ten then twelve then fifteen. Or walk ten minutes but go further and further in that ten minutes every day. You can break out into a run every three minutes or keep a calm and steady pace. It is all up to you. But by making it something you can do easily it does not seem like as big of a deal and you can come up with a pattern that becomes part of your life. It all starts with one step at a time.

  4. Your Commute –Another great way to incorporate fitness in your life is with your commute. Most of us live within a reasonable distance to our jobs. So why not take this opportunity to avoid traffic and walk or bike to work? Even a distance of a few miles is only slightly longer to bike then to drive, especially in a crowded city. Many cities also have buses that can pick you up half way. Bike into town and then ride the bus to your destination. If that is not doable then get your workout in during lunch. Walk to get your food and then back to the office. Or if you bring your lunch take a walk to a scenic location to eat it. You will feel energized getting out of the office and moving again and your work will probably even improve.

  5. Small Opportunities – Take small opportunities to fit fitness into your days. Take the stairs to get to your office or if you go to a doctor’s appointment and so on. Instead of looking for a place to park close to the grocery store or shop park in the back and walk. Not only will it save you stress but you also get a few more steps in your day that helps you to stay fit. Take a walk with your kids instead of watching television or walk them to school in the morning instead of dropping them off in your car. They need to stay fit too!

  6. Drink More Water –Water is essential for fitness but many of us do not drink enough of it. Instead we load up on empty calories from sodas, juice and alcohol. Avoid these drinks and opt for refreshing water, with a twist of lemon if you would like. By drinking more water you can think better, function better, and you will even learn to crave water instead of sugary drinks. You may lose weight too because we often mistake being thirsty for being hungry and eat more than we should. Drink a glass of water before meals to eat less and digest better!

  7. Eat Balanced –Speaking of meals, you should eat a balanced diet to stay fit. This means more vegetables and fruits and less processed foods and meat. While this can seem like a challenge it is actually quiet simple. When eating out try to keep portions in mind. You can easily split a meal with a friend or save half for another time. Eat off of smaller plates at home so you have less in front of you. Make vegetables your first course and eat them first and you will be less ravenous when the other courses come around. Little things do add up and you can live and eat fit without making big changes you can’t live with.

  8. Movement Breaks –When you are at work or at home, make sure you get up and move if you are sitting for long periods of time. Blood clots, muscle aches and more medical complications can result from sitting still for too long. Even long drives or flights can be bad for you. Get up and move during the day. You can do stretches, jumping jacks, take a walk around the office, hit the stairs or many other activities to get you moving. At home you can do chores like sweeping or raking that get you moving too. It is easy to do once you keep it in mind. Even commercials can be an opportunity to move. Do sit ups or push-ups during the commercials and don’t stop until the show comes back on. By the end of the season you will be really fit!

  9. Stretch and Meditate –Another aspect of fitness that is often overlooked is the mental aspect. Flexibility of mind and body is important for your overall health. I find that taking time in the morning and right before bed to stretch and meditate helps me to stay calm and stress free. By making stretching a part of my routine I remain flexible and it also helps me to slow down and think about my goals for the day. By taking time away from noise and movement you can really think about how you spend your time and the priorities you should havein your life.

  10. Enjoy Your Activities – Last but not least, you should enjoy your physical activities! Zoomba, dancing to music, hiking, biking or running all have fun aspects to them. If you enjoy what you do to stay fit then it is much more likely that you will keep it up. You do not have to be at the gym to be fit. Instead choose something that makes you happy and gets your blood pumping. That is what you will stick with to help you live a healthy lifestyle. If you can find friends to join you who like the same things then you are even more likely to keep it up. Friends can challenge you, help you and keep you on track with your fitness goals.

As you can see, fitness does not have to be a fight. You can make it a part of your lifestyle and stay fit no matter what is going on in your life. Make fitness a habit and you will stay healthy and fit for life!

Author Bio:

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to @


2 thoughts on “Tips to Make Fitness a Part of Your Lifestyle

  1. George Godin says:

    Thank you for sharing some helpful and easy ways on how we can incorporate fitness into our daily routine. I agree with you that we should enjoy physical activities like Zoomba, hiking, biking or running. If we really want to be fit then in my own opinion, running is a good choice.

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