Fitness Tidbits

Little tips for BIG changes

1.  Make a commitment to yourself to start getting healthy.  Even a daily goal as simple as taking a 30-minute walk is a great start.  Start small, stick to your commitments, and you’ll create lifelong habits
2.  Before you go to bed, put out your exercise clothes.  That way you can wake up and brainlessly put them on and get moving.

3.  Invest in a good pair of workout shoes.  Your feet, joints and muscles will be better protected and cushioned and you’ll be more likely to stick to your exercise goals
4.  Go out on a limb and ask a friend, loved one or neighbor to join you in your workout.  You’ll be surprised how many people just like you are looking to get started and get healthy.  Do it together!

5.  Choose activities you enjoy.  Sports and outdoor adventures are great ways to exercise while still having fun.  Add a few crunches, pushups and stretches in after your sport and you’ll have a complete workout.

6. Subscribe to a good fitness magazine.  This monthly motivator will be a great source of information, recipes and ideas that will inspire you to continue.

7.  Make small daily, weekly and monthly goals to help move you toward your ultimate goal.  Write out these goals and hang them where you can see them every day.  Even break out the crayons, markers and sticker to spice up your reminders.  You’re never too old to love Crayolas!

8.  Always start your workout with a warm-up and end with a cool-down.  Not only is it important physiologically, getting your muscles ready to work at the beginning and relaxing them at the end—but it can also give you focus at the beginning and a sense of accomplishment afterwards!

9.  Losing weight is not just about dieting and cutting calories.  Eating the right food is certainly important, but exercise helps jump start your metabolism, burning more calories, stripping away body fat, and adding muscle to your frame.

10.  You can do a workout anywhere.  (your hotel, in the park, in your living room—anywhere)  Try this: go to your favorite park with a resistance band.  Use a bench for dips, pushups and step-ups.  Use the band to work your biceps, triceps, shoulders, and back.  Do some abs, lunges and squats and you’re done. Remember—fitness is fun!