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Instead of trying to jump my cardio, I set goals for myself of increasing by a small percentage over a period of time to let it become ingrained. This prevents me from hurting myself by straining something which has been a real issue for me since I started out to get healthy.
We have a "500 steps" parking area at work. That means that I get 1000 steps a day just by walking to and from my car at work! That's given me incentive to park further away wherever I go by car. It really adds up and I can get to 10,000 almost every day!!!
Falling out of an exercise habit is all 2 ez, I self-motivated 2 get back in2 habit by telling myself that it's only 20 min. I 'd start my beloved FIRM tape & go for the full time once 20 minutes were up.
If you usually workout in a gym, a pool or studio, try to have at least one convenient at home option. This could be a jump rope, hula hoop, a set of resistance bands, etc. When you are feeling busy or unmotivated just plan to workout for 10-15 minutes while listening to music or watching TV.
Some days, my knee objects to my use of the stairs. While I wait for the elevator, I do some stretching and, while in the elevator, do hip flexors, squats or other stretches. Then I walk the long way around the floor to my office. The ride is not wasted &, through the day, I can get 10 or so in.
If you don't always feel like exercising when you start out just visualize the end goal. The vision board recommended by SparkPeople is a great tool. It takes time to adjust in the changes to your lifestyle. Be kind to yourself knowing you will get there because you want to get there.