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If you vowed to exercise like crazy in the new year to help lose those holiday pounds, don’t beat yourself up if the resolution didn't stick. You’re not alone.
If you joined a gym or started an exercise program for a quick fix, it’s not unusual to quit after two or three weeks, deciding it’s not worth the effort. You have a much better chance of sticking with it when you decide to choose an active lifestyle that will benefit your heart and overall health. And when you discover that regular exercise makes you feel so much better, both physically and emotionally, it can help you stay motivated.
The first step in creating a healthy lifestyle is setting goals that are right for you. Your goal may be to hike in hilly country on vacation, or to enjoy spring gardening with fewer aches and pains. A fitness professional can help you identify your personal goals, along with the right options for meeting them.
When members join Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness, they get a free professional orientation that includes setting goals. There’s no cookie-cutter approach to exercise that works for everyone. Some people like to work out on their own, others prefer to go to a gym or participate in a class. Some don’t like exercise machines, but love swimming or running.
If cold weather has you choosing to exercise in the cozy comfort of home, include upper body, lower body, core work and cardio exercises.
Here’s a sample workout that can be modified according to your fitness level:
Do sets of 10-11 repetitions of each exercise. To create a circuit, do each strength, core and cardio exercise for about a minute, with 15 to 60 seconds of rest between exercises, depending on your fitness level.
As time goes by, the more you exercise you do, the better you can feel. But even if time is limited, you can benefit from exercising in spurts throughout the day — even 10 minutes here and there can make a difference.
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