9 tips to get you back on track exercising
Going away on vacation, getting sick or having an extra busy week can throw a wrench in your good habits. Check out the simple tips below to help you get back on track:
- Start small. Studies have shown that 10 minutes of exercise a day can provide health benefits.
- Hold yourself accountable by tracking your workouts, making an appointment with a trainer or by participating in group fitness classes.
- Enlist a friend, family member or coworker to join you.
- Be realistic with your goals. Start by tracking the number of minutes you exercise each week and increase duration, intensity and frequency as you go.
- Do what you love. Find a physical activity that you enjoy so you’re more likely to stick with it.
- Take it one day at a time. It takes time to change habits. Focus on what you can do each day to better yourself.
- Try something new. Make a new workout playlist or try a different type of workout.
- Plan, prepare, schedule. Set yourself up for success by keeping a pair of sneakers and workout clothes in your car and scheduling your workout into you day.
- Cut back on alcohol, drink more water and go to bed earlier to feel refreshed and energized for your workout the next day.
Resources: American Heart Association
Erica Baxter, ACSM EP-C