How well do you know your body? Being beautiful and healthy isn’t about being thin. It’s much more important to know your body and set goals that will benefit your personal health.
Dump the Excuses
You know the general excuses that pop into your mind when you even think of getting serious about exercise. Maybe you think, “I’m too old to start working out now. I might hurt myself,” or “I just don’t have enough time most days to spend an hour exercising.” Excuses are limiting, and we all have them. You aren’t alone. Just DON’T let the excuses stop you from making a positive change.
Make a Commitment and Stick with It
Throughout our lives, we are often inconsistent in regard to fitness. The most important gift you can give yourself is regular and consistent exercise. Just do something! Even if you begin by committing 10 minutes once or twice per day, make sure that you stick with it and develop a real exercise habit. Start where you are, and then, listen to your body. Before long, your body will begin to ask for more!
Don’t Worry About How You Look
It is time! Time for what you ask? Time to get comfortable with yourself and with your body. As we grow older, we tend to learn more about our bodies and what our bodies need to function at peak performance. The younger you are when you get a fitness routine going, the sooner you will understand the connection between your mind and body and your ability to benefit from this connection. Young or old, it is never too late to get started! It’s time to realize that you are perfect just the way you are. It doesn’t matter how other people look or how they may think you should look. You are exactly what you are meant to be. It’s time to optimize what you have been given!
Practice Portion Control
Eat the right foods and eat them in moderation. This is very important to support your consistent fitness routine. Unprocessed foods are best and easy to prepare. Think whole fruits, fresh vegetables, legumes and nuts. Google it!
Try some strength training a couple of times a week. You can start slow, and you will be glad when you do. Consistently building muscle mass will help you decrease body fat and burn more calories. Strength training can also help you build strong bones, develop better balance and decrease fatigue.
Change Your Life
Make a decision today to make fitness part of your everyday life! Find a few activities that you enjoy. Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Dance around the house in your underwear. Rake leaves. Whatever works for you, works! You don’t have to go to the gym, but if you choose to open a gym membership, find one that works for you.
Take a Small Steps Approach.Start by taking some baby steps. Set short-term goals that are doable for you. Small steps that you take today will make a big difference in your future!
4 GREAT Reasons to Care!
1. Exercise can help you feel better and enjoy life more!
2. Regular exercise can prevent or delay some very nasty diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It can also brighten your mood and help to fight depression.
3. Maintaining an active lifestyle as you age can help you retain your independence longer.
4. Lack of physical activity and not eating the right foods, together, are the second greatest cause
of death in the United States.
Pilates, Yoga and Zumba offer great class alternatives for getting started with a fit lifestyle, and Continuing Education offers these as well as other fitness classes. If you want to learn about some great options that can help to ease you into a consistent routine, take a peek at our Health & Fitness classes. Classes are starting soon so make sure to register online or by calling 706.507.8070.