Summer is almost over and it’s time to get your health back on track. Gone are the days of vacation eating and dining out too often. No more putting off your exercise routine. It’s time to reclaim a healthy lifestyle. Here are five tips to get you started:
- Find Time – The hardest part about getting to the gym is finding the time to do so. Try to set aside 30 minutes for exercise each day. Join a class at your local gym. Take a brisk walk. If you just can’t get out of the house, invest in some minimal equipment, such as a balance ball or yoga mat. You can even check out exercise DVD’s from your local library! Just make time for your health — it’s important!
- Make it a Habit – If you’ve fallen out of the habit of exercising (whether it has been a year or a week), make time to get back into it. It takes 30 days to create a habit so grab your calendar and count down the days. If you’re not sure about what type of fitness routine you should be pursuing, consult your gym about a session with a personal trainer. The first few sessions are usually complimentary, and the trainer will get you on the right track to accomplishing your fitness goals. General guidelines dictate that cardio should be performed three to five times per week for 20 to 45 minutes, working within your target heart rate range. Weight training should be performed two to three times per week for approximately 20 to 40 minutes.
- Spice it Up – If you’ve managed to get in some exercise this summer (bike riding, swimming, etc.), now is the time to change it up. Boredom can lead to abandoned exercise routines. Try something you’ve never done before, like maybe a Pilates or Spin class. In general, your body adapts to any exercise routine within 3-4 weeks, so change is essential.
- Refresh Your Memory – Often during the summer months, we forget what we are supposed to be eating. Well, now’s the time to refresh your memory. Try visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture web site for up-to-date health and nutrition information. According to the site, a healthy diet should place an emphasis on lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. The diet includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. It’s also low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.
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