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It's OK to Take Baby Steps

By Donna Kostiew

There really is no secret. Hard work and self-discipline are needed to succeed, and since no one can force you to put the remote down and get off the couch, you really need to do it for yourself. For many of us, exercise is not an option, it’s a necessity, and it’s like just about everything else in life … you get what you put into it. Developing a habit of exercise isn’t always going to be easy, but the benefits that come out of it are well worth the struggle.

The positive effects of exercise are immeasurable and undeniable. We all know that because it has been ingrained in us from the moment we entered elementary school and had to change into those really awful looking PE outfits. We get it, exercise is good for us. So why then do we fight with ourselves so much when trying to add it into our day? How do we go from a totally unmotivated potato chip eater to a self-disciplined exercise machine?

Well, we don’t. We rarely go from one extreme to the next, but we can take steps to help us navigate the journey from “I hate exercising” to “you know, it’s really not that bad” or to “I can’t talk now; I’m training for the Ironman.” Whatever goal you set for yourself, here are some awesome tips to get you started:

Start small – Begin your exercise routine with small increments and make realistic goals that can be added on to.

Maintain a healthy diet – Replace the diet sodas and processed foods with water, lean proteins, fruit and vegetables.

Schedule exercise – Treat the time that you exercise as a main priority by putting it on your calendar and following through.

Follow a program – Instead of just exercising without any clear direction, incorporate a training program into your routine so that you have an actual plan to follow.

Track your changes – Keep a record of the changes in your body and your level of energy so you can actually see that all of your hard work is paying off.

Forgive setbacks – Give yourself a break if you give in to temptation so that you can move past it without having any guilt hold you back.

The benefits of your dedication and hard work will come sooner than later and won’t go unnoticed. You will find that you are eating and sleeping better, that your stress levels aren’t near where they used to be, that you haven’t needed to go to the urgent care as often because your immune system is stronger, and yes, that your significant other may be telling the truth when they say you look amazing!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hillsboro, Ore.

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