20 Benefits of Exercise

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I am ready to get off my fanny and get moving again.  I had surgery in March and that kick-started my exercise hiatus. Unfortunately, it just kept going from there.  Today, I realized that with my recovery, summer vacations, hot weather, and just life itself (mostly excuses I know) that I’ve not worked out consistently in over six months. I have a good plan of action – I am going to start slow and progress up to where I was pre-surgery.  I’ll be patient because I know this could take several weeks.  The fabulous benefits of exercise have been missing in my life and I’m ready to get them back.
Do you work out on a consistent basis?  If not, you really should make it a priority.  No one is immune to the need for exercise. I know there are times of needed recovery or limited movement.  Other than those times, we can do something. Excuses are a dime a dozen.  Trust me, I have been there…done that. It’s about the importance of our long term health and mobility. There are a plethora of options out there and it can be a tad overwhelming.  What works for another, may not work for you.  My recommendation is: don’t put it off any longer – it only gets harder as you get older.
Here are a few things to think about before you run out and buy a new fitness program or gym membership.
  • Are you self motivated? Will you consistently complete your work-outs on your own? Do you need a class environment? Do you need a personal trainer to keep you accountable?
  • Do you have any physical limitations? Ex: past injury, illness/disease, etc.
  • What is your exercise experience – ranging from a newbie to an athlete? What kind of exercising have you done in the past?
The key to long term success is finding something that you can do, will stick with, and enjoy. Let’s face it, if you don’t enjoy it, you’re not likely to keep doing it. This leads us to the available options.
LOCATIONS:
  • Home
  • Studio
  • Gym
  • Outside
LEVEL OF NEED:
  • On your own
  • Group classes
  • Personal trainer
EXERCISE OPTIONS:
  • Cardio
  • Dance
  • Strength training
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Cross fit
  • High intensity training
  • Bootcamp
  • Sports
Yes, there are a lot of options and this list is not inclusive.The answers to the above questions will help you navigate the path to find the perfect exercise program for you. During your search, I highly recommend trying out several different exercise options and locations if possible. Trying something new can be fun and exciting. Always remember DO NOT go from zero exercise to being a super-hero. Start off slow and steadily increase your time or intensity of exercise every week to reduce your risk of injury.
Not sure where to start? I’m here to chat or bounce ideas off of.
Wishing you health and happiness
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It is possible,

Kristin

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