How to Make Fitness Fit Your Daily Routine
By Sandy Schroeder
Fitness can be an exasperating quest. We all want to weigh less, run faster, and work out more. But if we really want to move ahead, we have to start where we are and find a plan that works toward getting us to the place we want to be.
Check in with your doctor – Start with a health checkup to know your health numbers and to discuss your plans. If you have any health issues, you need to know what your doctor suggests.
Focus on you – Think about what you like about yourself right now and take some selfies to see what you want to change. You may love your hands but hate your hips. Or you may have gorgeous shoulders, but not the best legs. As you develop your workout, continue to take selfies to monitor your progress.
Begin with basics – Don’t leap into things you did six months ago. Instead, start walking and stretching daily, or three times a week, for 30 minutes. Getting back into the groove is important.
Fit the routine to your schedule – Pick the most comfortable times for workouts. If you choose natural spots in your schedule, those sessions will happen more often. When the alarm goes off, a morning stretching session may become automatic. When you wrap up your workday, a run or brisk walk may be the perfect way to transition from work to home.
Add some extra activities – As you get into the exercise routine again, staying active with biking, swimming, tennis or golf will reinforce your workouts. Then branch out. If you have always wanted to try climbing, or wilderness hiking, do it.
Rethink your targets – As you become more active, give yourself credit for showing up and doing it. Don’t make your efforts all about losing weight. The longer you stick with your new routines, the better you will feel and look.
Reward yourself – Each week that you stick with your plan, reward yourself with a calorie-free treat. New shoes, hats, or sunglasses will remind you your plan is working.
Settle into your best choices – As you walk, run or work out at the gym, some things will become more comfortable. Walking with friends, a spin class or a dance class may feel just right. Lock in the ones that are fun.
Now may be the time to pull out those initial selfie and post a few new ones. Staying fit is an ongoing challenge. There will always be stops and starts. But each time you show up and make the effort, you are creating a better groove and a stronger you.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.