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Steps to a Healthy You—Being Physically Active

Posted on May 27th, 2012

1.    Motivate yourself—Get yourself into the mindset that workouts are fun and you will start looking forward to them.  Try these simple methods below to make your workout regimen fun and exciting:

a.    Make your workouts fun—Incorporate new exercises into your workout routine, try sprinting, dancing, basketball, rollerblading, or even swimming.

b.    Add your favorite music—When you exercise with your favorite tunes, it is easy to forget that you are trying to burn calories.

c.    Workout with a friend—Time will fly when you are catching up with a friend, and this will help you motivate each other.

d.    Incorporate an exercise-themed video game for your home system—Workout games are a fun way to add variety to your exercise routine.

e.    Wear workout clothes that you feel and look good in—Consider buying a new outfit that will fit you when you reach your goal.

f.     Keep motivated by rewarding yourself when you reach a goal—You should chose a reward that you really want in order to help yourself feel motivated.

2.    Be active whenever possible—Incorporate exercise into your daily living activities whenever, and wherever possible.

a.    Walk instead of drive

b.    Climb the stairs

c.    Walk your kids to school

d.    Make the time after dinner to walk with your family

e.    Do yard work, gardening, or shovel snow depending upon weather

f.     Wash your car by hand

g.    Park farther and walk more

References:

We Can! The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/get-active/index.htm

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