Get motivated: Live an active and healthier lifestyle

Get motivated to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Getting motivated to get back in the swing of working out can be tough. So, what should you do? Make a workout plan and commit to it! I found a great article on the Mayo Clinic website: Fitness Programs: 5 Steps to getting started, that will help you plan and get motivated for the healthier new you. Below is my recap on their 5 steps to getting started.

Step 1: Make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can give you achievable and healthy benchmarks based on your level of fitness.

Step 2: Create a fitness plan. Don’t set yourself up for failure and plan a workout for everyday. It’s important to do everything in moderation. Planning to run every morning will get old quickly. Instead, find easy workouts that fit your lifestyle, and plan to workout 3 days a week. As you become more comfortable and excited to workout, you might find yourself adding more days to your workout plan naturally.

Step 3: Invest in equipment. You don’t need to purchase the latest treadmill or “total gym.” My favorite piece of equipment is a resistance band. Another investment you should make: Purchase workout clothes and sneakers that you feel great in. Have you ever heard of “dress for success?”

Step 4: Get started. The best tip the article mentioned is “break things up.” Break your 30-minute workout into quick 10 minute workouts during the morning, noon, and night. You’re not breaking the “rules” if you break up your workout throughout the day.

Step 5: Monitor your progress. After several weeks of working out, assess how well you are meeting your goals. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Maybe it’s time to try something new. Something that you thought you weren’t able to do before you started your workout plan.

Finally, the most important thing to remember is to find activities that you enjoy. Good luck!

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