Get Up and Move!

For many of usheart-exercise, when thinking about exercise, the dreaded “G” word comes to mind – Gym. However, exercise is about getting up and getting moving. It doesn’t mean you have to follow a strict, time-consuming regimen at the gym. It means engaging in any form of physical activity that helps sustain and/or improve your health and fitness. By simply incorporating 30 minutes of additional “activity” in your daily routine, you will be rewarded with life-long benefits; increased energy, better sleep, lower stress and anxiety, and dramatically decreasing your risk of major health concerns, like cardiovascular disease and obesity.

 

Find your groove and move!

With so many different forms of movement, it can be hard to determine what works best for you. So explore your options and find what brings you joy. If you enjoy the type of exercise you are doing, you are more likely to do it more! Again, exercise is about movement; it can be swimming, taking your dog or family for a walk, or join a group workout class (like cardio kickboxing.) With today’s technology, you can find tech-friendly ways of getting on the move too. From video game consoles to mobile devices, exercise can be fun! This newest craze of “exergaming” is gaining popularity as medical expert’s jump on-board, stating that these games are a great way to getexergaming1 your heart-rate up. Additionally, you can get your whole family or group of friends together for a digital scavenger hunt. This is a great way to explore your home city, learn its history and sights, and more importantly, get out, move and have fun!

 

Commit and prioritize!

Often times when we commit to something, our commitment only goes so far; commit to a friend or workout buddy – we find it harder to let someone else down than to let ourselves down. Make exercise a priority by putting it on your calendar and recognizing what your intent for exercise is. Why are you making this commitment? Better sleep? Less stress? Weight management? Increased energy? Make note of what you plan to achieve, and always keep this goal in sight and remind yourself daily, “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

 

Start your day great!

Make time for your workout and put it in your daily routine. Health and wellness experts suggest working out in the morning, as you are more motivated, less likely to make excuses, and will start your day with a greater amount of energy. If working out first thing in the morning doesn’t work for your schedule, that’s ok, do it on your way home from work – otherwise, it is very unlikely you will go to the gym once you make it home. Additionally, remember to exercise even when you are “too tired.” This minor 30 minute workout could help boost you out of that energetic slump and give you that much needed second wind.

 

Reward yourself!

Be aware of the progress that you are making toward your goals. It is important to keep a log of your progress as this can help keep you motivated. Be sure to note all areas of progress toward your goal – not just how much you weigh. For instance, be aware of how your clothes fit, if you are sleeping better, if you have more energy throughout the day, or even if you seem to be thinking more clearly. These are all signs that you are well on your way to achieving your goals. Additionally, be sure to set “mini-goals” that you can celebrate on the path to your greater goal. For example, buy yourself that new pair of walking or running shoes when you can finally make it around the neighborhood without getting winded. Every accomplishmentreward1 is a step in the right direction. Life is meant to be rewarding, so be sure to celebrate yourself for a job well-done.

 

6 Quick Tips to Get Moving Now!

  1. Take your dog for a walk daily

  2. Take the stairs – not the elevator

  3. Walk briskly whenever possible

  4. Minimize the use of your car; walk wherever possible

  5. Park in the furthest spot from the entrance to the store and walk

  6. Take-up an enjoyable sport or game (i.e. tennis, swimming, running club, etc.)

 

“You don’t have to be great to start. But you do have to start to be great.”

–Anonymous