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Exercise for Your Health

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A group yoga classExercising not only helps you lose weight, it also reduces your risk of chronic diseases, improves your mood, reduces stress, improves sleep, and improves your overall quality of life. With our busy schedules, fitting exercise into our daily routine can sometimes be a challenge. 

If you’ve fallen off course, here are some tips to help you get back on track:

  • Remember why you exercise - enhanced health, improved energy, better mood, toned body, weight loss.  It doesn’t matter why as long as it matters to you.
  • Make realistic goals – If you are just starting back or have a busy schedule, working out for an hour 3 times a week might not be realistic. Set goals that you know are doable for you. This will give you a starting point and you can build from there.
  • Make it a priority – Think of exercise and fitness as another scheduled appointment that you can’t miss.  Making workouts a priority can increase your quality of life!
  • Find a fitness buddy – It’s always more fun to exercise with someone. This can keep you motivated and encourage you to stay on track with you fitness goals. 
  • Change it up – Include a variety of workouts in your routine. This will keep you from getting bored and will make it more enjoyable. Different exercises work different muscles, so this will also speed up your metabolism by working different areas.
  • Invest in fitness gadgets – Gadgets like pedometers and apps like “Lose it” and “My Fitness Pal” can help you track your progress and keep you motivated!

 Important things to remember when you’re exercising:

  • Hydrate – It’s important to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your workouts to avoid muscle cramps and dehydration. Drink water or other low-sugar beverages and try to stay away from caffeinated and sugary beverages like coffee, tea, and soda that can dehydrate you.
  • Include stretching as a part of your routine – Always stretch before and after a workout to help muscles warm up and cool down. 
  • Check with your doctor before trying a new exercise routine – To avoid a serious injury, it’s important to consult with your doctor first, especially if you have a chronic illness or have not exercised in a while.

Use these tips to help you get back on track today!

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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