Did your New Year’s resolution include improving your diet and exercise routine? Now that we are a quarter of the way through 2014, has your resolution resolve begun to decline? You don’t have to let those resolutions fall by the wayside! Diet and exercise are paramount to healthy aging, and by following these 7 simple steps you can get active and stay active throughout the year.
1. Pace Yourself
One of the biggest pitfalls to maintaining a consistent workout regimen is attempting to do too much too soon. Many people that have been previously inactive will start their new routines at a sprint, quickly leading to injury and burnout. The biggest downfall of your good intentions is pushing your body beyond what it is capable of handling.
2. Start Small
Start simply with a five- or ten-minute walk. Once you feel comfortable with this interval, begin adding on another five minutes until you hit 45-60 minutes. Studies have proven the substantial benefits of walking. In a study of middle-aged men and women, a 12-week walking program led to a trimmer waistline, increased energy, reduced fatigue, healthier blood pressure and an overall feeling of wellbeing. The best thing you can do for your body is to get moving.
3. Make it Fun!
With today’s active-play video games, you can have fun and get in a great workout all within the comfort of your home. Test out Wii Fit or one of the many other virtual home fitness programs that make exercising convenient and enjoyable. If your workout routine is something that you look forward to on a daily basis, you are more likely to stick with it throughout the year.
4. Vary Your Intensity
Once you are actively grooving in your new workout regimen, begin to alternate “easy days” and “hard days”. An easy day can consist of a quick 20-minute workout, or walk around the block, while a hard day can include a 45- to 60-minute workout.
5. Find the Time…It’s There
Regardless of how busy we think we are, there is always time for a quick 10-minute workout. If you can’t manage a 30-minute workout at one time, consider breaking it up into three 10-minute intervals. Shorter workouts with higher intensity have proven to be most effective at improving health.
6. Variety is the Spice of Life
Choose an exercise that you’re good at and that you enjoy. Exercise should be fun! If you have two left feet, then an aerobic or dance-based class may not be the right fit. Find an activity that gives you confidence, because confidence creates the inner environment to succeed and stay committed.
7. Seek An Expert
When beginning a new exercise routine, it’s important to consult with your physician and/or physical therapist to determine a safe exercise regimen that will not result in injury.
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