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Tricks to Get Moving and Keep Moving

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are more than ready to walk, run or bike right through summer, here are some ways to make sure those outings actually happen. See what you think of RealSimple.com's motivating tricks. 

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Switch things around - When you are so bored you could scream, you may need to jump off of the treadmill and onto a bike. Or you may need to check out a new gym and skip a few runs. Don't stop there. Try a new dance class, a tai chi session in the park, community volleyball, basketball or soccer teams, or time on the water or the green. 

Update your sneakers - Even consider adding an extra pair to take with you as you spin through the day. New sneakers only weigh about 10 ounces. If your current pair is showing signs of age, you can be sure shock absorption and arch support are compromised and you may be inviting injuries.  Visit a known store and get fitted by a pro.

Make your exercise pay off - Mayo Clinic weight loss studies showed people who paid themselves to exercise were more motivated than the ones who did not. Set aside an amount in your budget and then dole it out each time you make your daily exercise goal. Then treat yourself to a new hat, bag or shorts. 

Push yourself a little bit more - Nudge each of your exercise routines up a bit. Each week stretch them a little farther, or if you are doing several short walks or runs, squeeze in an extra one. To get stronger and perform better, gradually expand your activities. Never plunge in with extreme changes which could cause injury.

Make sure you are healthy and happy - Choose exercises that are fun to do and focus on your health. Skip all of the worries about weight loss or dress sizes.  If you are happy when you are out there running or biking you will reach that ideal size and weight soon enough. 

Turn tasks into exercise routines - Scrubbing floors, toting laundry or running a vacuum all count when you put out the effort. 

Note:  Whenever you are changing exercise routines, start with your doctor to discuss your health and your current fitness profile. Your chiropractor can also help you serving as a wellness coach and monitoring your progress.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz. 

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