Let’s Get Moving!

Did you know that to burn off one M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field?   Many people have a difficult time finding the motivation and time to exercise.  Below are some suggestions to help get motivated and make exercise part of your daily routine.

Joining a fitness club can be expensive and it’s not for everyone. Start at your own pace and use home – exercise DVD’s. There are plenty available at a variety of fitness levels. There are even ‘10 minute workouts’ which are great for people with busy schedules, and 10 minutes is better than none! From past experience, I recommend reading the reviews before you purchase, as with all things, some are better than others.

One of the best exercises to tone your entire body is swimming as you use almost every muscle that you have. If your swimming skills aren’t that strong, try water aerobics! This makes it much easier to do exercises like squats and crunches and it doesn’t feel like you are working out. Trust me though – you will feel the burn afterwards!

Walking is one of the easiest and safest exercises you can do. It not only helps to strengthen your bones, but it also helps to control your weight and condition your heart and lungs. With the longer daylight hours, go for a walk after work or dinner instead of turning on the T.V. Park further away at the office or while out running errands to get in extra steps! Walking is easier on your joints than running, but it is still important to warm up and cool down before walking or doing any exercise!

Before you start any workout plan it is important to check with your physician and to pay attention to your body. If you haven’t exercised for a while, don’t jump into a high intense workout. It is ok to take things slow and build up your intensity levels. If you are consistent, you will see results and feel more energetic in no time!

One last thing: exercise helps improve insulin and blood sugar response, improves blood flow to the brain, reduces stress and stimulates better sleep patterns. So what’s your excuse…Get Moving!

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