It’s Springtime: Create your exercise routine!

      Top 5 reasons people don’t exercise  : 

1. I don’t have time

2. I don’t have any motivation

3. I don’t have access to a gym or equipment

4. I don’t enjoy exercising

5. I don’t know how to exercise

 

SOLUTION: CREATE AN EXERCISE ROUTINE

1. Set specific, manageable goals

The Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week. That boils down to 30 minutes of exercise a day for 5 days a week. You could even set it up so you have the weekends off! Easy peasy.

2. Make your exercise time a priority- schedule it into your calendar!

Take a look at your schedule for the week and pencil in 30 minutes of exercise a day for 5 days. Treat exercise as part of your homework or work assignment-if you miss a day you lose points!

3. Invest in some fun workout gear

New studies are showing that it is actually possible to dress for success. The better you look, the better you feel and the more you will want to kick a workout’s butt!

Girls: Invest in a cute but comfortable pair of running sneakers, pair of leggings for cold weather, shorts for warm weather and a couple of your favorite colored workout tops and sports bras.

Guys: Even though your workout clothes might not be a priority, a fashionable yet comfortable pair of running/workout shoes can make a workout much more enjoyable!

4. Find a friend, class or group

Finding a gym or workout buddy can be a great way to help you stay motivated. Can’t find someone who is on the same schedule? Research yoga, Pilates or even Crossfit classes in your area that offer classes at many different times throughout the week!

5. Start slowly and track your progress

If you don’t think that 30 minutes a day for 5 days per week is a manageable goal, start slower! Exercising for even 10-20 minutes a day is a good way to get started

Track your progress by recording it in a notebook or downloading an App to your phone. This can help you to see how much you are improving each day and where you are now compared to where you started.

Pedometers are also great little tools that help you keep track of your steps and motivate you to get moving. Clip it on your belt and set yourself a challenge to increase your steps each day!

6. Reward yourself

When you reach one of your goals-reward yourself! Preferably with a non-food reward like a movie, massage or tickets to your favorite sports team.

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