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Add a Little Fun to a Workout

By Tom Herrin

The thought of exercising, for many, may trigger memories of boredom as they go methodically through some kind of routine.  Simply counting the minutes, or reps, can cause some people to become frustrated before they even begin.  This doesn't necessarily have to be the case.  Participating in some kind of activity that has a little more variety, or competition, can provide a lot more motivation.  That may mean that the boredom is gone and replaced by enthusiasm.  It can make quite a difference in the success of any program designed to help you to get in shape.  For those who may thrive on competition, it can b the difference between success and failure.

Assess Your Current Condition

Before you embark on a trek to get in shape, and stay that way, it is pretty important to recognize our limits.  Jumping into something that aggravates something we already deal with can be counterproductive.  We may quickly become discouraged and lose interest in moving forward.  Do a quick assessment of yourself.  Ask yourself if you have issues that you may have forgotten due to lack of activity.  Make a note of any of these as you begin to make a plan and choose an activity.

Decide How You Want Your Workouts to Go

The general consensus is that we should all strive to have a moderate workout 30 minutes per day, five days per week.  This can still leave time for a break once a week.  That may be as important a part of a successful program as the workout itself.  Our bodies must have an opportunity to rest and recover.  When we put all of this together, we will most often see a measurable improvement.

Make a List of Activities to Investigate

It is possible that you have something that you really enjoy.  If so, you can forge ahead.  If you are not so certain, it may be a good idea to make a list of activities you believe could work for you.  Deterring whether you prefer team sports or individual ones may be a good way to begin.  If you want pretty aggressive activities, there are leagues for volleyball, softball, basketball, and a few others.  If you like something a little slower, there is always golf or bowling.  Some find dancing to be a really rewarding activity as there are many types and groups to support many of them.  The main thing is to choose and follow through. 

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

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