111013 Sticking to an exercise program
Sticking to an exercise program
There are those who exercise because they like it and those who exercise because someone told them they had to. Which one are you? If the latter, then perhaps you could benefit from a few tips on staying with it on your own.
Before doing any outside of normal activity see your doctor if any of these conditions exist in your background:
• If you are a man over 40 or a woman over 50
• If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma or are obese.
• Are at a high risk for heart disease, particularly so if you have a family history of the disease or stroke of if you have any other health risks that should be considered and subsequently evaluated by a medical professional.
1. Activity counts, no matter what it may consist of it is still movement and movement is what activity is all about. Choose something you like to do and stick with it. It can be as simple as walking around your property or neighborhood.
2. Get a mechanical motivator like a pedometer to track how many steps you took at the end of the day. Go for at least 10,000 steps each day and you will soon notice the health benefits of doing so.
3. Start a logbook. Once written down you begin a history of your activity and soon will be reluctant to miss a session.
4. Hook up with a friend and exercise together. Both of you will make gains in your health.
5. If you don’t have time to get a full session in then split it up into more manageable times. The current wisdom is ten minutes is about the shortest time that makes positive changes in your body and ultimately your health.
6. Use the stairs at work or in the stores. Get that body moving. Don’t get lazy by taking the easy way out on the mechanical devices to get somewhere.
7. Eat your noon meal on the go, get out in the fresh air by walking or doing something that gets your heart rate up.
Your body was built to move and not just sit on its butt.