Have Fun and Get Active

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Being active throughout the day is what is best for your body.  Studies show that reducing the amount of inactive time throughout the day can be as, if not more, beneficial than brief periods of exercise. Sitting for long periods of time will cause problems for your health even if you exercise regularly and eat healthy.  Try and get up every 20-30 minutes and stretch, walk around or even walk in place if you have to. Read on a stationary bike or elliptical or listen to an audiobook and walk around your neighborhood. Its also important to make sure you’re striving to have a balance throughout your body.  Using one side of your body a majority of the time can cause muscle aches throughout your body over time.  Try using your non dominant side more and more to alleviate back, neck, and shoulder aches. 

Also, research shows that if you measure your activity you are much more likely to continue to be active.  There are also many free apps out there that will help to track your activity throughout the day.  In school my professor used to always say to aim for 10000 steps a day.  Since learning that i have seen it used as a baseline recommendation by many other fitness professionals.

Ive read that exercising in the morning is very beneficial in many ways.  For one, even if you exercise for only 20-30 minutes in the morning, you will continue to burn calories for hours later.  You will also start to feel a sense of accomplishment to start your day which will improve your mood throughout the day.  A recommendation I read, and agree with, is to make sure you end your exercise session with something you find enjoyable like listening to music while stretching.  Ending the session on a high note will make you more likely to continue that exercise routine.  Starting any new exercise routine can be difficult on your body at first so take it at your own pace and give your body time to adjust.  You’ll find that over time you will have increased energy and improved mood throughout the day. Getting up to exercise becomes easier and easier the more consistently you do it 🙂

If you can add walking, jogging, biking, etc. ( an activity that gets your heart rate up ) into your routine as many days as possible it will help to boost your energy a lot ( at first you might feel sore or even more tired for a few days but that’ll pass the more consistently you do it). Something I did to try and make it easier on myself when I’m bogged down at home is I bought a bike stand that turns my real bike into a stationary exercise bike. Are you able to maybe start exercising before or after school/work? Or during your lunch break?The ACSM recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week for all adults just to have optimal health.  They also recommend resistance training twice a week and setting aside time to stretch two days a week for at least 10 minutes. 

To stay active, share your goals with someone.  Studies show that people who share their activity goals and have someone to keep them accountable are way more likely to keep going with their routine.  So go for hike, walk around the block, anything and anywhere , get a workout buddy and start having fun!!!

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