Lifestyle Changes: It Doesn’t Have to be All of Nothing.

“It takes six months to get into shape and two weeks to get out of shape.  Once you know this you can stop being angry about other things in life and only be angry about this.”Rita Rudner

I thought this was a great statement , and something I think we all realize too well.  After a couple of weeks of being a slug, especially around the holidays or in the winter, it is hard to get back on track and the only anger that should be given should be directed at yourself.  There are thousands of ways to get your body moving. The old school of thought is that if you didn’t have an hour to sweat, grunt and groan in a gym, then it wasn’t worth doing. Wrong!!  You can get a great workout in a short amount of time through interval training- and you can do it outside, in your house or at the gym.  Short ‘bursts’ of going as hard as you can at doing almost anything; hot-pepper jumprope, sit-ups, pushups, walking, running, kayaking,biking,up and down stairs or dancing for about 20-30 seconds, then about 4 minutes of a ‘recovery’ exercise, slower walking, slow jump roping,slow dancing, arm circles or less resistance with strength exercises, then repeat the burst and recovery.  Build up to doing this for a total of 20-30 minutes. Done! Keep in mind that you need to go full tilt for those few seconds.  You will maintain and increase your overall stamina and strength.  Try it out!

Tip: Change your attitude and improve your workout. It is all about your health, preventing illness and taking time for you.  One day at the gym with a trainer isn’t going to do it.  Consistency is the key.  There are a lot of options on YouTube, On Demand channels , Netflix and other TV channels- and they make it interesting, for FREE.   You got to like what you are doing.  Find something that you at least moderately enjoy and make a plan. Write it down and commit to it.  You will feel better and your mental state will be better which will bring you back for more mood enhancing movement.

Keep in mind , even the best exercise program will not work if you do not pair it with what you eat.  Nutrition is 80% plus, of your success.

Learn more about how you can create a lifestyle plan that you can live with and get and keep in your best condition. You won’t have to worry about a two week slump because you won’t let it happen- you will have too many tools stuffed into  those baggy jeans.

For more information about investing in your health, contact me for a complimentary session.  wellbychoice@comcast.net

Be Well, Mary

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