By Estelle Brooks
Fitness Four U
Many of you may be thinking, “What can I do to stay motivated to work out during the holidays?” I say, “Just stay focused, and don’t quit working out!” Remind yourself of how well you’ve been doing with your workouts up to this point. Don’t let holiday parties, family gatherings and other events sabotage the progress you’ve made. Don’t lose sight of your goals and commitment to get healthy and stay healthy.
For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends walking for at least 30 minutes, five days a week. If you haven’t exercised in a while, a short-term goal might be to walk 10 minutes a day, five days a week. A long-term goal might be to complete a 5K walk.
Set realistic goals.
Start with simple goals such as losing weight or preparing healthier meals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious.
Make physical activity part of your daily routine.
Don’t make excuses for not exercising. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. For example, at work, take a walk during your break and take the stairs instead of an elevator.
Always consult with your medical provider to make sure the exercise routines you have selected are right for you. Remember, everything from eating healthy to living an active life matters.
Have a great holiday healthy season!
Estelle Brooks holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a certified fitness trainer and instructor for step aerobics, Zumba, group cycling and Silver Sneakers classes at the Linwood YMCA and other locations throughout the city.
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