Last week I challenged you to re-visit your 2013 goals and really examine them. I’d be willing to bet at least one of them was health related – either lose some weight, exercise more, live healthier, etc.
Maybe you’ve done a pretty good job of meeting this goal already this year. If so, GOOD FOR YOU! Now it’s time to step it up a notch. Perhaps you failed miserably. That’s okay too, there is always time to start again. Wherever you are in your exercise program, you can make some improvements.
It’s important to keep our bodies moving regularly. You know the old saying “use it or lose it?” Very true when it comes to fitness. If you don’t exercise consistently, your muscles will soften, your heart and lungs won’t work as well, and you’ll have less energy and less confidence.
But when you DO exercise regularly, you’ll feel great! Some of the obvious (and not so obvious) benefits of a regular workout regime include:
- Tones your body and keeps your weight in check (and who doesn’t want that!)
- Strengthens your muscles and bones
- Better sleep and mood
- Keeps your immune system strong (you’ll get sick less often)
- Lower heart rate
- Boosts energy
I think we can agree these are all things we want out of life.
The great thing about exercise is you don’t have to do it all at once! If you just can’t fit an entire workout in, how about several short bursts of activity throughout the day? Or maybe you just have to get yourself up earlier to fit it in – even 15 minutes is a start.
My best suggestion on how to re-commit to exercise is to find something you enjoy doing and then participate regularly. It doesn’t have to be traditional running on the treadmill. If you hate that, don’t do it. You’re not going to get the most out of something you don’t like, and more often than not you’ll find excuses to skip. Instead, participate in a sport, dance, walk after dinner with a friend or your family, try a new class, ride your bike – just MOVE!
Another great way to bump up your fitness level is to have someone else hold you accountable. Whether it’s a competition with friends, a social media exercise chain, or a regularly scheduled workout with a trainer, having someone else knowing when and how often you exercise is a powerful way to stay consistent.
Good luck with this challenge and one more tip – if you feel overwhelmed, just try it for a week. Hopefully you’ll feel so much better you’ll want to continue.
How are you doing with your exercise goals for 2013? What will you do this week to re-commit?
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