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Get Active Stay Active

 

Summer is here which has always been the hardest time for me to exercise. My free time is typically spent on the beach or just catching up with friends on the deck with an occasional game of tennis and almost daily walks with my dog. Yet summer is a perfect time to reengage in an exercise program because the evening or early morning temperatures allow for lots of outdoor activities. I thought maybe I would motivate myself and perhaps a few of you by posted this information,  below is a quick-and-dirty primer on the reasons you should be exercising coupled with some rah-rah motivational strategies to get you going and keep you going.

 

Exercise benefits

l Energy increase

l Manufacture and release of endorphins, the body's feel-good chemicals

l Amplified strength and stamina

l Increase in brain power, clear thinking

l Disease and disability prevention

l Better, deeper, more restful sleep

l Alleviates depression

l Decreases stress

l Increases lean tissue and decreases body fat

l Enhances circulation

l Keeps bones strong and prevents osteoporosis

l Increases self-esteem

l Helps to break other bad habits: eating junk food, smoking, drinking alcohol to excess

 

Exercise myths

l Aerobic exercise is more important than strength training

l You have to be skinny to be healthy

l How you look is more important than how you feel

l You have to exercise constantly to realize any benefit

l No pain, no gain

l Laziness makes you fat – overweight is a character flaw

 

Exercise facts

l Amount of activity determines overall health, not body size

l Feel good, look good

l Any exercise is better than none at all

l Heredity is the single most determining factor of body size

 

Motivation to begin

l Use self rewards

l Toot your own horn: make a big deal of every accomplishment

l Take a class through your local parks and rec – something you've always meant to do like belly dancing or water ballet

l Start a group and perform fitness videos together

l Be active with your family – quality time like biking, hiking, swimming, even flying kites or learning to skateboard together

 

Motivation to continue

l Make exercise a priority (it has to be equal to brushing your teeth and putting on your shoes)

l Find the time (watch your agenda)

l Assign a time (consistency)

l Do it (make it fun)

l Make it a habit (it'll take 6-8 weeks for the habit to be ingrained, so stick with it)

l Use positive thinking (Tell yourself you're giving yourself a gift, not depriving yourself of time to watch TV)

l Reduce the obstacles (put your exercise clothes out before you go to bed, keep your bike in top condition, pay for your gym membership ahead of time)

l Hitch exercise to an essential (bike to work!)

l Have others help you be accountable

l Find a role model

l Acknowledge that there are pros and cons

l Don’t sweat the times you don't exercise – give yourself permission to skip once in a while

I hope to re-start a healthier lifestyle, I hope you have success in your own personal goals as well!