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5 Tips for Starting a New Exercise Routine!
Monday, 20 December 2010 00:00

exercise_237x150Make 2011 Your Healthiest Year Yet With These Exercise Tips!

The one great thing I love about the New Year is it's full of new opportunities, new enthusiasm and new commitments to change ones life for the better.

One common goal around the New Year is to get healthier through exercise. With just a few weeks left until the ball drops, if you're planning to start a new exercise routine as part of your self-improvement plan for next year, here are five tips to help make it easier.


Tip #1: Consult your doctor first. Before you begin any exercise program it is really important to make sure you're physically up for it. This is particularly important if you're not normally physically active. A doctor can advise you on how to approach a new exercise routine and tell you what signs to look for if you're overdoing it.

Tip #2: Set small goals. While it may be really exciting to set a large goal like running a marathon or going to the gym every day, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to actually achieve the goal. The goal may begin to feel overwhelming. The solution? Set smaller goals. For example, if your goal is to go to the gym every day, just go to the gym one day a week for three weeks. Once you've accomplish that goal, step it up. Decide to go to the gym twice a week for three weeks. Once you've accomplished that goal, step it up again. Soon you'll be going to the gym every day.

Tip #3: Reward yourself. Goal setting and achieving is supposed to be fun. When you reach a goal, reward yourself. For example, using the gym example from above - when you reach your goal of going to the gym once a week, you could buy yourself some workout music or get a new piece of workout clothing. When you reach the final goal of going every day, well it's probably time for some new clothes because you're looking awesome right?

Tip #4: Mix it up. It's easy to get into a rut when you're beginning a new workout routine. In order to keep things interesting and maintain your motivation, consider a few exercises or sports you enjoy. This can make it easier on your body too. For example, if you're running two or three times a week, consider walking or riding your bike on the other days. Maybe add yoga to keep your muscles flexible.

Tip #5: Exercise with friends. Friends motivate you to get to the gym, friends make it fun, and friends can challenge you to push yourself just a little bit farther than you might if you were working out alone.

Starting a new exercise routine is a fantastic way to feel great, look great and improve your health. Congratulations on making a resolution to improve your life! To learn more about our non-surgical body and face treatments that will have you looking good and feeling great at any age, visit our website. If you'd like to schedule a free, no obligation consultation, give our office a call today.

Once again...Happy (almost) New Year.

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