Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Some people think that the hardest step in a new fitness program is the first one. But most of us now know that's not true— we've taken that step many times! It's the 2nd, 5th and 73rd step that trip us up. Stumble a bit later and you're less likely to even try again. Life is full of obstacles to our best intentions.illness, vacations, work or family...
Step 1 GET STARTED!! Grabbing a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage 30 minutes before starting will help motivate you to get moving. Also it improves your mood, the chances of persisting, boosts endurance, and helps you burn up to 15 percent more calories for three hours afterwards. Consider treating yourself to some new workout clothes, and make sure that you choose an activity that you actually like doing!!
Step 2: KICK IT UP A NOTCH!! Once you've been at it for a while and you're beginning to see results, change your workout. Add a jog once every 10 minutes of walking, do some situps in between sets of weight lifting, or do something a little harder in 30-second bursts. This can improve raise you metabolism and lower blood sugar; and enhance motivation But make sure you also rest when needed, watch for injury, and keep track of your own progress! More people quit their program due to boredom than burnout, so vary things a bit on a regular basis.
Step 3: MAKE IT A HABIT!! Getting into the right fitness routine can be as simple as thinking ahead. Try repacking a gym bag after each workout or laying out your workout clothes in advance. Place your workout time on your calendar so that your workouts are just another part of your day. Consider working out with a friend or relative. Knowing other people are waiting for your arrival can be great motivation..
Posted by Jeffrey L. Edwards, MD at 11:02 AM