Do you find yourself making excuses not to work out even though you know it’s good for you? You’re not alone, and now you can blame it on the family tree. Research shows that genetics can even have an effect on how much we enjoy exercising.
However, don’t get excited you now have an excuse because that same research also showed that the more you exercise, the more you start to enjoy it. There’s no need to wait until the next New Year to begin a fitness routine that works for you. Get started with the information and advice below anytime, and reap the benefits of better overall health.
Let’s get to why it’s good for you
There are several reasons why staying physically active is good for you, making it easy to see why it should be a part of your routine. Here are just a few ways exercise is good for your health, according to MedlinePlus.
- It helps control your weight.
- It can reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers.
- It can make you less likely to suffer a fall through improved balance and strength.
- It can help you sleep better.
- It improves your mental health and mood and helps keep your brain sharp.
- It strengthens your bones and muscles for easier movement.
The CDC recommends that healthy adults get 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-intensity exercise per week. It also recommends that adults of all ages sit less and move more throughout the day to achieve better health.
Finally, the guidelines suggest doing muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week, and mixing in balance and stability routines.
Does that sound like an impossible goal? If you break it down into smaller chunks – and consider the fact that physical activity isn’t just going to the gym – you’ll see how easy it can be to fit activity into your routine.
Just remember that it’s best to visit a doctor before starting a new fitness routine. He or she can verify that you’re healthy enough to do so and offer tips for getting started. Depending on your existing health, the doctor may suggest different levels of exercise.
You do you
Many people don’t know where to start, and so sometimes they don’t. Instead, you do you. It’s easy to get the ball rolling. At Alameda Fitness & Spa we make it simple for you by offering a FREE 3 DAY VIP pass.
Make exercise fun.
Physical activity is just what it sounds like – moving your body in a way that requires more effort and energy than resting. Once you realize that, it’s easy to think of ways you can start to incorporate exercise that fits your lifestyle and abilities. Sports like tennis and golf fit the bill, but taking a walk and doing housework do, too.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
The fastest way to get discouraged is by comparing your abilities to someone else’s. Everyone is different – different ages, different genetics, different backgrounds. So if you’re trying your best, there’s no need to worry about someone else. Be kind to yourself. If you’re showing up to exercise, you’ve already faced half the battle.
Find an exercise partner or personal trainer.
It’s easier to stay motivated when you have a buddy who can come along. Find a neighbor, friend, or family member who can help keep you accountable and participate in the same activities you enjoy. You’ll find that exercising can be a social event, too. Keep in mind we have great personal trainers that can assist you every step of the way. Simply click to call and find out more info on our personal trainers CLICK TO CALL
Pick a goal.
Find the biggest reason you want to start exercising. Is it to lose weight? To be able to play with your grandchildren? To feel more confident walking around the block? Whatever your reason, think about it every time you’re ready to work out – and when you’re tempted to quit – to give yourself an extra boost of motivation.