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Week 6 of 12 Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle!

Posted on 18 February, 2014 at 10:20

Ok, you know what’s coming.  Exercise.   Yes.  If you have the ok from your doctor it is time.   If you are doing nothing, even 5 minutes is something.  If you are doing 20 minutes of exercise, add 5 more this week!  

 The important point is to get into the habit of exercise.  Start small, build up gradually.  No one expects you to suddenly be able to run a marathon or do a ton of time on the treadmill at the gym.  

 Some questions to ask yourself:  

  • Do I prefer to exercise alone, or am I more motivated with a partner?    

  • Do I prefer exercise classes, or exercising alone (running, walking, treadmill, elliptical, etc.)

  • Can I go out my door and exercise or do I need to join a gym?

  • Will I use exercise dvds and do some exercise in my home, or use some of the programs my digital cable provider offers on demand (check- you may have this on your tv and not even know it!)?

  • Do I need a personal trainer?   You can find one at a gym or sometimes there are personal trainers who will come right to your home!  Just make sure they are ACE certified (American Council on Exercise).  This means that they have gone through the necessary training to guide you through the exercises.

These are all very important questions to ask yourself.  Once you have made up your mind, start!  Even a 5 minute walk around the block is better than no walk.    

Have joint problems?  Talk to your doctor about getting help.   Make that call this week.  

Once you start, the endorphins that you get from exercise will help you to feel better, and as a result you may be more motivated to eat healthier. 


Categories: fitness, healthy lifestyle