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Spring into a Healthier You!

by Haley Thomas | Mar 28, 2017

Spring is the perfect season for new fitness goals—especially if your New Year’s resolution of getting in shape didn’t pan out. Here are some top tips to help you enjoy getting active and, more importantly, sticking to it!

Make fitness fun.
If you choose an activity that you enjoy doing, you’ll want to take time out of your day to do it. If you like to run, now’s the perfect time to get outdoors. Start off slow and watch yourself progress week by week. If you’re not a runner, find a class or any type of fun activity at the gym. If you prefer to work out in the comfort of your own home, choose a workout video. There are several ways to get active without joining a gym.  

Be Realistic.
If you decide you’re going to run a marathon, but have never even ran a mile, chances are you have set the bar too high. Start with small goals. For example, sign up for a 5k, and then a 10k, and then a half marathon and maybe one day you will reach that full marathon goal.

Make a plan.
 Going to the gym can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never been to the gym before. If you write out your workout plan and goals, whether written by you or by a certified trainer, you are more likely to follow it.  When you outline your workout plan, you can work towards your goal in small steps rather than becoming overwhelmed by the end result.  Our experienced, certified Wellness Center staff can help you with balance training, health coaching, or a personalized exercise plan.

Get Support
. Surround yourself with people that encourage a healthier lifestyle and find someone to workout with. If you do one or both, you will be more inclined to stick with your fitness plan and stay on track.

Journal Your Progress
.  Start on day one. Write down what you did and how you felt before and after. If you are able to see in writing what you accomplished and how you felt on a day to day basis, you’re more likely to stick with it and achieve your fitness goal(s).