Exercise Tips

Make physical fitness a family affair.  Encourage each member to choose their favorite activity and schedule time to exercise together.  Having your own personal support team on hand will increase your chances at success.

Enroll in a wellness program at work and take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.  From keynote speakers to fun health related swag, a person can find like-minded individuals that are willing to spend their lunch hour dong something productive.

Invest in a good quality bicycle and peddle places rather than drive.  Not only will you see a noticeable difference in the way you feel, you’ll also save a bundle of case by eliminating your dependency on gas.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Small steps ultimately lead to bigger rewards.

Park a good distance from your destination and use the opportunity to take a walk.

Purchase, download or borrow a fitness video or DVD.  Use it on days when you can’t leave the house to exercise.

Set weight loss goals that are specific and attainable.  Reward yourself with a  small toke of appreciation once you have achieved a specific milestone.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.  If you fall off the fitness wagon, pick up where you left off.  Persistence will pay off in the long run.

Change up your routine to keep things interesting.  Play basketball, go cycling or take a belly dancing class.  Choose one or more activity to participate in and rotate them around as you see fit.  Variety truly is the spice of life.

Overeating is not the result of exercise.  Vigorous exercise won’t stimulate you to overeat.  It’s just the opposite.  Exercise at any level helps curb your appetite immediately following the workout.

When you’re exercising, you shouldn’t wait for thirst to strike before you take a drink.  By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.  Try this:  Drink at least 16 ounces of water, sports drinks or juices two hours before you exercise.  Then drink 8 ounces an hour before and another 4 to 8 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during your workout.  Finish with at least 16 ounces after you’re done exercising.

Tune in to an audio book while you walk.  It’ll keep you going longer and looking forward to the next walk – and the next chapter!  Check your local library for a great selection.  Look for a whodunit; you might walk so far you’ll need to take a cab home!

Think yoga’s too serene to burn calories?  Think again.  You can burn 250 to 350 calories during an hour-long class (that’s as much as you’d burn from an hour of walking)!  Plus, you’ll improve muscle strength, flexibility and endurance.

Stop using the machines:  if you are a person who already exercises and is at the gym using machines… STOP!  Machines take away core stability and you cannot get dynamic with your movements you are only restricted to one movement at a time versus multiple.