Gaining Your Edge: Strategies For Making Exercise & Fitness a Part of Your Life

by Nicole Abigail
Gaining Your Edge: Strategies For Making Exercise & Fitness a Part of Your Life

We can all benefit from more physical activity. Exercise is important for our overall well-being and can be an enjoyable part of our daily lives. Here are some strategies that can help you make exercise and fitness a part of your life:

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is essential for exercising successful. Start by thinking about what you want to achieve and determine a goal that you can work towards. Give yourself an achievable timeline and be patient with yourself as you progress.

Find an Activity That You Enjoy

Find an activity that you actually enjoy. Whether it is running, cycling, swimming, walking, or playing a sport – figure out what fits your lifestyle. You will be more likely to stick with it if you find something that you actually like.

Make it a Priority

Exercise should be a priority in your life. Make time for it and treat it as you would any other important obligation. Try to allocate a regular time each day to get active, and plan for it out. You could also make use of short bouts of exercise, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or doing a few exercises during commercial breaks when watching TV.

Find Support

Finding a supportive environment can be helpful in achieving your fitness goals. Find a friend or a family member who is also interested in exercise, or join a gym or a sports team. Accountability and encouragement from those around you can provide you with the motivation and support you need to stay on track.


Fitness doesn’t happen overnight. It is often a process of trial and error. You will likely have to work hard and challenge yourself to make changes. Be mindful of your body and focus on the long-term benefits instead of short-term rewards.

Stay Positive

Finally, staying positive throughout your fitness journey is essential. Acknowledge your successes, however small, and celebrate them. Focus on all of the progress that you have made and don’t be too hard on yourself if something isn’t going as well as you had hoped.


Making exercise and fitness a part of your life is a challenge but one that is worth taking on. With the right strategies and tactics, you can gain the edge that you need to stay motivated, stay on track and reach your goals. Good luck!

What adaptations can people make to become more physically active if they don’t have a lot of time during the day?

1. Take a brisk walk during lunch.

2. Park further away in parking lots.

3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

4. Invest in a home gym or exercise equipment.

5. Take a class at a nearby gym or community center.

6. Go for a bike ride in the evenings or on the weekends.

7. Use a timer to remind you to do exercises or stretches throughout the day.

8. Invest in a jump rope or hula hoop and spend 10-15 minutes doing rope jumps or hula hooping throughout the day.

9. Do body weight exercises like squats, push-ups, and lunges during commercial breaks.

10. Map out a walk in the park or neighborhood and break it up into 10-15 minute chunks.

What are some easy physical activities that can be done in a short amount of time?

1. Jumping jacks

2. Squats

3. Plank

4. Burpees

5. Jump rope

6. Push-ups

7. Lunges

8. Mountain climbers

9. High knees

10. Wall sits

11. Side shuffle

12. Step-ups

13. Glute bridge

14. Speed skaters

15. Russian twists

What are some easy physical activities that can be done indoors?

1. Jumping jacks

2. Mountain climbers

3. Squats

4. Push-ups

5. Burpees

6. Plank

7. Pilates

8. Yoga

9. Indoor cycling

10. Step-ups

11. Stair Climbing

12. dancing

13. Lifting weights

14. Resistance band training

15. High knees

16. Skipping rope

17. Hula-hooping

18. Jumping rope

19. Wall sits

20. Core exercises

What are some indoor activities for children to stay active during winter?

1. Indoor obstacle course

2. Dance party

3. Frozen Limbo

4. Scavenger hunt

5. Balloon tennis

6. Body twister

7. Tabletop basketball

8. Yoga

9. Video game challenge

10. Indoor bowling

11. Cup stacking

12. Indoor golf or putt-putt

13. Crafts

14. Hot potato

15. Indoor hopscotch

16. Indoor tag

17. Indoor trampoline

18. Jenga

19. Hide-and-seek

20. Hula hooping

Q: What can kids do indoors to stay fit and healthy during the winter?

A: Kids can stay fit and healthy during the winter by engaging in a variety of indoor activities such as doing circuit training in their living room, participating in virtual fitness classes, practicing yoga, hula hooping, jumping rope, doing air squats, pushups, and burpees, striding on a mini-trampoline, stepping up and down on a step stool, dancing to their favorite music, playing hide and seek, doing wall sits, and playing active video games.

Q: What exercises can kids do indoors to stay fit and healthy in winter?

• Jumping jacks

• Squats

• 10-minute aerobic exercise or dance

• Push-ups

• Sit-ups

• Jumping rope (using an imaginary rope)

• Yoga

• Wall sits

• Chair dips

• Running up and down stairs

• Planks

• Mountain climbers

• Balance exercises (balance on one leg or use a stability ball)

• Leg lifts

• Burpees

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