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8 Ways to Get Your Fitness Going

By Sandy Schroeder

Backsliding on workouts is one of the easiest things in the world to do. We all have more than enough demands to keep us busy so workouts simply get pushed to the back of the line. Making them happen could start here with some tips from RealSimple.

Make fitness hard to avoid - Put a yoga mat by your bed so you can do cat and cow poses when you get up, or before you go to bed. Put weights near the microwave to do curls while you heat up food. Put a resistance band near the couch to strength train while you catch a show. Put a pair of sneakers near the door or in your car to encourage walks. Use a stability ball by your desk when you sit down to pay bills.

Get your heart going with quick spurts - Researchers now say four to six 6 30-second sprints deliver the same healthy heart benefits as a moderate 40-minute workout. We all have little pockets of time where we can do quick sprints, jump rope, or do jumping jacks. 

Volunteer to coach or assist - Your child’s soccer team or a local youth league may need a coach or an assistant. I volunteered to help with practices when my son was in second grade. It was the most fun that I had all day. You find out in a hurry how out of shape you really are, but if you hang in there you can do it and shape up.

Keep moving at work - Set a reminder for every 30 minutes and stand up to burn 10 percent more calories than you do sitting. Stretch, bend or step away for a quick walk.

Mix in music and mirrors - Most of us have learned  that our favorite music will keep us running faster on the treadmill, but what about mirrors? Now researchers are saying we may exercise with less effort if we watch ourselves, too.

Stay active socially - Replace dinner and a movie with dinner and dancing, or dinner and a museum tour. Add hiking or biking on the weekends.

Put a pedometer to work - Start tracking those 10,000 daily steps that we should all do with a pedometer. It may measure distance and calculate calories, too.

Speed up the beat - Keep moving with your fastest favorites. Test them out and see which ones keep you going the longest and fastest.

As always, get your doctor’s approval when you are considering new exercises.

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

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