healthy goal #2

Posted on January 12, 2012

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Well, I had scheduled for the healthy goal #2 to post Tuesday morning.  Unfortunately, I forgot to actually press “Schedule.”  Oops! So this post is coming to you a couple of days late; better late than never, right?

Healthy Goal #2

Increase the amount you exercise

The ultimate goal is to exercise for at least 150 minutes per week.

However, if you aren’t currently exercising at all then you should start small.  Try adding 10 minutes to your weekly total each week.  10 extra minutes, that’s all.  Make sure you build on those minutes though. For example, this week exercise for 10 minutes, next week for 20 minutes, and so on. Try to keep increasing until you at least get to 150 minutes for the week.

If you are currently exercising, try to increase the intensity of 10-20 minutes out of the week. Or you could switch up your routine a little and try something different one day a week.

Exercise is not only important for maintaining or losing weight, it’s also important for your health.  It can help prevent depression and/or improve your mood, prevent or improve certain health problems, help you sleep better, and increase your energy among many other perks.

Making exercise a regular part of your life is key:

  • Write out when you will exercise and what you will do.
  • Treat exercise as a high priority in your life; plan your day around when you will exercise.
  • Schedule it in your planner; go for walks with friends instead of meeting for coffee or for drinks after work.
  • If you have little motivation at the end of the day to go workout, try doing it in the morning or during your lunch break.
  • Make it easy on yourself.  Have your exercise clothes, shoes, and any other necessities always ready to go.
  • Every little bit counts, so don’t skip exercise even if you only have 5 or 10 minutes.  Make those minutes count!

Remember that the best exercise is one that you actually will do. Don’t decide to run if you hate running.  If you get bored on the treadmill go for walks outside.  Sign up for exercise classes if that will help motivate you. Or hire a personal trainer or get a workout buddy if you need accountability.

*Be sure you check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.*

Don’t forget to keep trying to add fruits and vegetables to your daily diet!

I would say Have a good week, but it’s Thursday. This week has gone by so fast! P.S. Roll Tide 🙂

Meme

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