Have you ever heard it mentioned that the definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior over and over again, but expecting different results every time? Of course, you don’t have to change everything about your lifestyle immediately, take it in steps. Yes, it will involve some permanent changes in your life but we all want to become healthier. If you don’t like the word “exercise” change your way of thinking about it. Maybe call it “physical activity” or “moving around more” or something else with a less negative connotation. The easiest way to get started is by just becoming more active throughout the day: sit less, stand more, walk extra steps, take the stairs. These minor actions will help!

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Ideas:

  • Exercise with a buddy (or jog/walk with a dog).
  • Track your progress with a journal such as FitTracker.
  • Schedule exercise into your day on your calendar or “To Do” list.
  • Break your larger goals into smaller, realistic stepping stones (e.g., daily and weekly physical activity goals).
  • Reward yourself for accomplishing your goals.
  • Plan to do fun physical activities that you really enjoy as often as possible.
  • Wear a pedometer occasionally as a reminder to take more daily steps.
  • Have a backup plan that includes alternate activities in case of bad weather or other obstacles to your planned exercise.
  • Start out exercising with less intensity to avoid getting discouraged or injured.
  • If you get out of your normal routine and are having trouble getting restarted, simply take small steps in that direction.

This weeks rant is done, just my thoughts…yours?

Start today, and take it one step at a time!

Stay active! Stay Healthy!