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Five Easy Exercise Tips to Start the New Year Off Right!

January 01, 2016 | Uncategorized

The beginning of the New Year is a great time to reflect on your fitness goals and make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Even if you aren’t one to proclaim a New Year’s resolution, you can still take advantage of the beginning of a new year as a fresh start and a chance for improvement. Starting and sticking to an exercise routine doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. In fact, you’re more likely to follow through if you develop habits that are simple and fit in with your lifestyle. Here are five easy tips to kickstart a successful exercise habit:

  1. Take it slow and steady Many an enthusiastic person has started a rigorous exercise program only to abandon it due to exhaustion or injury. It is much wiser to start small with a commitment that you can meet every day, such as a brisk 20 minute walk. Once you’ve established a habit, you can add in longer or more challenging workouts.
  2. Find a buddy It is easy to find excuses to skip a workout, but you’ll be less likely to abandon plans if a friend is counting on you. Working out with others is a great way to make time for old friends or establish new friendships with neighbors or co-workers.
  3. Mix it up Some people fail to stick to an exercise routine because they get bored of doing the same thing every day. Try a mix of different activities such as outdoor hikes, swimming, group classes like Zumba or yoga, and workout videos you can do at home. Mixing it up is good for your body and will keep things interesting.
  4. Integrate fitness into your every day It is important to schedule in a dedicated workout time, but you can also improve your fitness level throughout the day. At home, volunteer for more active chores such as carrying groceries, vacuuming and dog walking. Whenever possible walk to your destination when running errands or visiting friends.
  5. Stay mindful after you exercise Congratulations, you’ve finished a workout! But don’t throw in the towel just yet. Make sure to hydrate and stretch, and take a minute to log your progress in an exercise journal. These steps will contribute to your success in the long run.

Make sure to check in with your physician before you start any new exercise routine. Staying active is an important ingredient for life long wellness. Use these fitness tips to create a new, healthier you this year!

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