New Year's Resolutions - How's That Going?
A common New Year's resolution involves a desire to get more exercise into your daily life. But your plan can fall to the wayside quite easily, often because time demanded is too high. What can you do to start and keep up an exercise routine? KEEP... IT... SIMPLE!
Here's 3 things to keep in mind:
1) You don’t need lots of equipment.
Body weight exercises like sit-to-stand, push ups, bridges and planks all work key areas of our bodies and require no equipment at all. Other exercises might require a light hand weight or resistance band. These include overhead presses, rows and pull downs with your resistance band.
2) When to exercise?
Research shows that the ideal time is in the morning, before we get caught up in our day or feel too tired to exercise. Mornings don't work for all schedules, so you have to pick the time that works best for you and that you can do consistently. If it is later in the day, motivation can be kept up by “bundling” your exercise with an activity that you really like. This can be watching tv or listening to a podcast. Instead of sitting while enjoying those activities, you can do your exercises simultaneously. This helps to make a less desirable activity, let’s be honest, most people don’t like to exercise, feel like less of a chore when paired with a preferred activity.
3) How much to exercise and how often?
A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that 30-60 minutes of exercise PER WEEK created a significant reduction in illness like cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as mortality. The benefits plateaued after 60 minutes and started to decrease after 2 hour per week.
Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated to be helpful. There are short workout apps and videos, so choose one that looks interesting to you.
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