Staying Fit & Healthy: How to Keep Yourself Motivated
Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman
It's the little things that you do each day that add up to being healthy and fit. While we do what we can to be as health-conscious as we can, it is always a work in progress since there are many elements to a healthy lifestyle.
Most people talk about growing older as if it is a bad thing. We stress about deeper wrinkles, grayer or thinner hair, and aching joints--- No matter how old you are, If you treat your body right, it will usually treat you right back. Staying in shape, making sure your body gets what it needs, and taking care of yourself will greatly improve your later years!
We all know how important exercise is; Not only does it help keep our bodies at a healthy weight, but it also helps reduce the risk of dangerous diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Given this information, why is it that so many people are couch potatoes? The truth is, you can’t always see the benefits from exercise, even when they are present in the body. This lack of proof that it is working wears on a person’s motivation, making them more prone to skip their exercise. Give it more time, and stay consistent. As you get older your body will be able to withstand the aging process better, and will lower your risk of some injuries and sicknesses.
Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Find out if any health conditions or medications you take affect the type of exercise you should choose.
Find an activity you like and that motivates you to continue. You may want to exercise in a group, like in a sport or class, or prefer a more individual exercise like swimming.
Start slow. If you are new to exercise, a few minutes a day puts you well on the way towards building a healthy habit. Slowly increase the time and intensity to avoid injury.
Walking is a wonderful way to start exercising. Exercise doesn’t have to mean strenuous activity or time at the gym. In fact, walking is one of the best ways to stay fit. Best of all, it doesn’t require any equipment or experience and you can do it anywhere.
Exercise with a friend or family member. You can help to keep each other motivated and you’ll not only benefit from the physical activity, but also from the social contact as well.