Exercise fitness tips offered

Published 4:04 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Have you ever started something like an exercise routine or diet, but did not see it through due to lack of time or interest?
I think most of us have experienced this at some point. I hear people say they want to get healthy and start working out but do not know how or where to start. Here are a few tips to help get you started with your journey to good health.
— I believe the hardest part of working out for most people is making the time. However, if your health is important to you, then schedule time away from your daily tasks in order to take care of yourself. Afterall, you are important.
— You do not have to be in the gym for hours to see results. Start with something doable, like thirty minutes of exercise two to three times a week. You might find that you can commit to it and start to see changes toward your goals.
— Include Interval Training with cardio. Interval training is a great way to make the most out of your workout. Next time you do cardio, try doing intervals, thirty seconds of sprints or jogging followed by thirty seconds of rest, and repeat this for four to eight sets. This will boost your calorie burn so you see results quickly.
— Set one or two small, reachable goals to start with. I am not saying make it something too easy but setting unreachable goals will lead you to becoming discouraged and eventually you will stop trying all together. It is better to celebrate the small wins, than be hard on yourself for something you know is not attainable for you in the first place.
— Reward yourself for the small accomplishments. Buy something small you want or treat yourself to something relaxing. Rewarding yourself for the small things that you succeed with will keep driving you to your goals. Do not be too hard on yourself. If you have a setback, that is okay get right back on track the next day. Consistency is key.
— No one person is the same, and that is what can make working out enjoyable. Learn what works for you, go at your own pace, and have fun. No one knows your body better than you, so listen to what it tells you.
These tips are a good starting point but surrounding yourself with an encouraging environment is even better. Getting healthy and feeling your best is easier with friends to help you along the way.

Allison Alexander is the general manager at Good Health Fitness and a certified personal trainer/fitness nutrition specialist.

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