As the new year gets underway, many of us resolve to get more fit. It’s a great goal to have, as exercise has countless health benefits, including improving our mood, preventing disease and helping to lose unwanted weight.
Topics: Exercise & Fitness
During this busy time of year, even the most health-conscious among us struggles to balance holiday fun and commitments with the steps we need to take to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While the average American only gains about a pound during the holidays, those who already struggle to maintain a healthy weight can gain more—and find it harder to lose the new weight once the new year begins.
Think about your favorite workout. Whether you shimmy at Zumba or compile a playlist of favorite songs for your long runs, music plays a part in your enjoyment of the activity. But you may not know that music can improve a sweat session. Research shows that playing music during low- to moderate-intensity workouts can make exercise feel easier and improves cardiovascular endurance.
Music is especially helpful in maintaining the physical health of seniors. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room after a fall. Many older individuals fear falling so much they stop exercising, which increases their risk for injury or other health challenges.
Just when you may feel you are keeping your weight under control, the holiday season arrives and food is everywhere. Whether it’s at the office or holiday parties, the unhealthy food choices seem to be at your finger tips this time of year.
Add in the stress and anxiety that the holidays tends to bring and maintaining your weight loss efforts may seem impossible.
Although it is hard to do, it’s not impossible. Here are some tips to help you maintain your health and fitness through the New Year.
Tomorrow is always the best day to start an exercise program. How many times have we told ourselves that over the years?
Unfortunately, tomorrow can lead to the day after that or a month from now or maybe never at all. Starting a routine towards a healthier lifestyle can be one of the hardest things to do, especially as you try to fit it into your busy schedule.
The key to starting an exercise routine is to be realistic with your goals, start with small, achievable goals to help you remain motivated. Consistency in your workouts is going to be the biggest thing to form a healthy habit.
I work with people every day to help them start and achieve their fitness goals. Below are some simple tips that I’ve seen work to make a new exercise routine stick:
Topics: Exercise & Fitness