Do you equate your forgotten fitness resolutions of years past to lack of willpower? Before you play the shame and blame game, ask yourself: Did you enjoy it? Make it a priority? Do it for the right reasons? If you answered no to those questions, it’s time to take a fresh approach and beat the exercise slump with top Move strategies.
Welcome back to guest bloggers Beth Stark and Mandy Rother, The Dietitian Duo. Their “Keepin’ It Real” motto and approach guides you to make simple changes to build a lifestyle around nutritious and delicious foods, regular activity, stress management, self-love and positivity.
MOVE: I will strive to move more to energize my body and mind.
Be true to your exercise personality.
Ditch the stigma of conventional workouts and consider: What invigorates you? What do you look forward to doing? Recognizing what you enjoy and what motivates you is the first step to sticking with a plan.
How to Thrive:
-Do what you love and incorporate activities that energize you. The right exercise is one that leaves your muscles pleasantly tired and your mind refreshed.
-Find your best time of day. When do you feel most awake? Are you more likely to stick with your goals in the morning, over lunch, or after work?
-Stay interested and keep your body challenged by trying something new each month. Find a new yoga class, take dance lessons or try indoor rock climbing.
Schedule yourself time to move.
Exercise does more than burn calories. It helps lowers your risk for disease, builds healthy bones, improves immune function, relieves stress, boosts mood and promotes cognitive health! To reap these benefits, we need at least 150-200 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. But let’s be real—you likely already know getting enough exercise is important. The challenge is keeping it a priority when life gets hectic.
How to Thrive:
-Make a specific goal each week. What? When? Where? How?
-Plan ahead! Review your schedule for the upcoming week and make a nonnegotiable appointment with yourself.
-Have a back-up plan. Life has a habit of getting in the way so be prepared with at-home express options if you’re short on time.
Move your booty to shake a bad day.
When you’re stressed, depressed or just downright moody, what do you turn to? If life has got you down and it’s hard to get up, exercise may be just what you need. Regular physical activity helps battle depression, reduce stress and anxiety and boosts self-esteem.
How to Thrive
-When you know you have a rough week ahead, find an exercise buddy who can give that little nudge you need to get going.
-Venture outside your normal routine and plan something fun! Find your inner kid and go ice-skating, play kickball or whatever makes you smile!
-No matter what you accomplish, pat yourself on the back and know that it’s a step in the right direction.
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