New Year’s Resolutions it seems are a part of life. People make them, they last a month or two then they are gone. A big one is working out, jogging, eating better, all to do with better health.
We almost want to say don’t set a New Years Resolution it wont last!:) Instead, how about some goals.
Here are some tips to get started on exercise and hopefully you will stick with it. Really, it is not that hard, and you will love it once you keep doing it.
You want to exercise for long term as it is great for you and your health.
Here are some tips from the American Heart Associate to get started exercising and they are pretty good.
Walking, swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles.
Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Take the first step by walking. It’s free, easy to do and when you have a walking companion, you’re more likely to stay motivated.
Dress for success!
Wear comfortable, properly fitted sneakers or flat shoes with laces.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the weather and the activity.
Make the time!
Start slowly. Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends).
Exercise at the same time of day so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle. For example, you might walk every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Find a convenient time and place to do activities. Try to make it a habit, but be flexible. If you miss an exercise opportunity, work activity into your day another way.
Keep reasonable expectations of yourself.
If you have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health problem, check with your healthcare provider before beginning a physical activity program.
Look for chances to be more active during the day. Walk the mall before shopping, take the stairs instead of the escalator or take 10–15 minute breaks while watching TV or sitting for walking or some other activity.
Don’t get discouraged if you stop for a while. Get started again gradually and work up to your old pace.
Don’t exercise too vigorously right after meals, when it’s very hot or humid, or when you just don’t feel up to it.
Make it fun!
Choose activities that are fun, not exhausting. Add variety. Develop a repertoire of several activities that you can enjoy. That way, exercise will never seem boring or routine.
Ask family and friends to join you — you may be more likely to stick with it if you have company. Or join an exercise group, health club or community center. Many churches and senior centers offer exercise programs too. (Remember to get your doctor’s permission first.)
Use variety to keep your interest up. Walk one day, swim the next, then go for a bike ride on the weekend.
Use music or audio books to keep you entertained.
Track and celebrate your success!
Note your activities on a calendar or in a logbook. Write down the distance or length of time of your activity and how you feel after each session.
Keep a record of your activities. Reward yourself at special milestones with non-food items, like a small gift or shopping trip for yourself. Nothing motivates like success!
These are simple ways to get started, and good advice you should follow. The main thing, is sticking with it. We have found if you will keep at it for two months you are on the right path. Some will say one month, we say two and probably three, as when it comes to New Resolutions, it seems to be a around two and half to five weeks when it is done.
You want to make exercise a habit in your life, not a big deal, where you do it every week, a few times a week.