New Year’s resolutions: getting fit
by Shelley Langenhorst
Happy New Year! Are you hard at work on those resolutions yet? Yesterday we talked about simple tips for weight-loss resolutions and today we are focusing on another part of the spectrum: getting fit!
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Don’t be scared of sweat: it can work wonders for your health, energy level and glow. Follow these simple tips to get started on the road to fitness.
Start off slow
If you are new to exercise don’t jump into an hour long workout on your first day. Ease into it a little at a time. Simply start with 10 minutes and build from there. Don’t think you have to push yourself, taking your time and being smart will help to prevent injury and burnout.
Lose the mindset that it has to be all or nothing. Remember, 10 minutes of moderate exercise is better than no exercise at all! Do what you can based on your health and fitness level and gradually work towards more difficult workouts.
There are a million and one different workout styles out there so keep experimenting until you find the right fit for your lifestyle. Running, yoga, and weight lifting aren’t for everyone. Just because you don’t like a certain style of exercise doesn’t mean you won’t love another.
Think about your hobbies and try to draw from that. Do you like to be outside? Consider taking up hiking. Do you like music and dance? Zumba just may be the perfect workout for you. Find a gym that offers a variety of classes and resolve to try them all.
Get into a routine
Once you are more comfortable exercising and have found the perfect style for you, carve out a routine that you will be likely to stick with over the long haul. Mark down Tuesday evenings as Spin Class night and keep a standing date for a walk in the park over the weekend.
Pencil your workouts into your calendar and treat them just like any other important appointment. Studies show that the most consistent exercisers stick with the same routines each week.