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Making Workouts...Work!

Oct 19, 2011

There is no doubt that are our lives are hectic and more than they have ever been. Busy people like ourselves always complete so many tasks throughout that day. However, we forget the most important one, keeping US healthy. Part of the reason may be the word "exercise." Exercise seems to imply rigid, "no-fun" workouts that make us huff and puff and sweat. Workouts also can be time-consuming: It's hard to find time in a busy day to get to a gym, change, work out, shower, change again, and drive home. Unfortunately, for many Americans, exercise is viewed as an impractical burden that complicates rather than complements a busy life. But there is another option. Moderate physical activities like brisk walking can promote health nearly as much as vigorous workouts. This means we can set aside the boot-camp mentality in favor of physical activities that are less demanding and more enjoyable. We have listed for you some ideals on how to make workouts, well work!

Commit yourself. You owe it to yourself and your family to be as healthy as you can be. Committing to daily physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Goal for it. Set short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal could be starting from scratch and adding a minute a day to your exercise regimen. A long-term goal could be losing weight or lowering your blood pressure.

Break it up. Exercise doesn't have to be structured. Busy people can get much the same benefits when they exercise in bits and pieces throughout the day as when they work out in one block of time.

Pencil yourself in. On especially busy days, you may not be able to spontaneously get a minimal amount of physical activity, so you need to plan ahead. Pencil in an exercise appointment, and consider it a mandatory meeting.

Avoid the all-or-nothing trap. If circumstances prevent you from doing everything you planned for the day, do what you can and don't worry about it. Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities to exercise.

Keep perspective. If you fall off your routine for a time because of injury or illness, just get back on. Interruptions are part of life.

Be realistic. Don't focus on exercises you find unpleasant or uncomfortable. Choosing activities you enjoy will help you stick with your program.

Gear up. Spontaneous exercise may depend on having walking shoes or a change of clothes available.

Have equipment on hand. Buy a piece of exercise equipment, place it in a convenient location at home, and jump on it when you have a few minutes to spare.

Recruit a friend. Engaging in physical activities together is a good way to keep a friendship alive.

Jump on spare time. On weekends or other "down time," take a long walk or a hike in the woods.

Balance your workouts. New guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine suggest three to five days of aerobic workouts, two to three strength training sessions, and two to three flexibility workouts per week. You may need to work up to that level, but try to incorporate all three types of exercise into your week. Working three types of exercise into an already tight schedule may sound like a lot, but it may take less time than you think

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