Tips for Developing a Exercise Plan
- Find an exercise app like the Fitbit app or the myfitnesspal app and follow the daily provided exercises. You can find exercises that fit into any schedule
- Drink water before and during workouts so that you won’t “Hit the wall” or get as tired; therefore, you can work out harder and burn more calories
- Choose an activity that fits into your daily life and make sure you plan or schedule your exercise into your week. For example, if you need to set your alarm an hour early so that you can workout before work, then do it! People often do better with their eating throughout the day when they have started the day off well. After you have had a hard exhilarating workout, you are motivated to keep going the rest of the day. The same goes for getting an early start during the week. If you do well on Monday with your exercise and eating habits, chances are you will stay motivated for the rest of the week; however, slipping up on Monday can slow down your motivation IF you let it.
- If you hit a plateau, increase your exercise.
- Ask a friend to exercise with you.
- Exercise with a video if the weather is bad.
- If you find exercising difficult after work, try exercising before work.
- Choose activities you enjoy and you will be more likely to stick with them.
- Explore new physical activities.
- Vary your activities for interest and to cause muscle confusion, which keep you from plateauing.
- Stay active in the winter.
- Make walking one morning a week a group habit.
- Include strength training. Muscle more calories than fat, so try twenty minutes of strength straining two to three times a week. Strength training also reduces injury, improves balance, and helps maintain your bones.
- Take up a physical hobby or learn something new: (See here for ideas)
- Pick a different activity to do each day. One day you could aerobics and another day you could wash your car.
- If you would like to evaluate your own diet and determine which tips work best for you, please take the free DIY Diet self assessment and evaluation developed by a registered dieititian.
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