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Tips on Starting an Exercise Routine

We all know that exercise is an important part of being healthy but that doesn’t make it any easier to stick to a consistent routine. Here are a few suggestions to try. I hope they help inspire a confidence in you that blossoms into a healthy lifestyle change.

o   Start out small. Don’t start out by running 6 miles tomorrow morning when it’s been 5 years since your last jog. Try opting for the stairs instead of the escalator when out shopping. Walk to your local coffee shop rather than drive. Get on the floor and do a set of sit ups while watching Netflix.

o   Have a plan. A huge part of a successful exercise routine is to set aside specific time for such activities. Telling yourself that you will use whatever extra time you have will likely lead to no time at all.

o   Have a teammate. When you involve another person in this journey you get the added bonus of encouragement, accountability, and socialization. All of which can help the fire stay lit.

o   Keep your priorities straight. Exercise for the right reason- your health and well-being. As important as it may seem for you to fit into the next jean size down, isn’t it more important that you are able to play with your grandchild? Or go on a beautiful hike with your dog? Or be an example to your kids?

o   Have fun. If you hate running, don’t run. There are many other ways you can work-out by doing what you love (or at least tolerate). Forcing yourself to do activities that are unpleasant will set you up for failure.

o   Track your activity. Logging your exercises and time spent working-out can help you stay focused, track progress, and keep you motivated.

o   Reward yourself. It is important to set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, and timely. Once you hit your goal reward yourself with a prize! New work-out gear anyone?