Life can be challenging these days!
With masks and gloves, remote learning, working from home, and curfews, it’s difficult to stay focused and committed to our fitness regimens. But exercise plays a very vital role in our lives, not just physically but mentally too. When we exercise, our bodies release chemicals (endorphins, dopamine, and adrenaline) that make us feel happy, confident, and more alert.
Ramping up your heart rate boosts overall blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Being physically fit provides us with the self-confidence, energy, and strength to confront the many obstacles life may throw at us and allows us to live our lives to the fullest!!
Here are 6 proven methods that will help you adhere and stay on track to reaching your fitness goals.
- Commit to an activity every day
Make a weekly schedule, set aside time daily for an activity. Being active doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym every day, mix it up!
2. Choose workouts you enjoy
Not everyone likes to run or take a boxing class, try finding activities or some of our Worcester Fitness Group Exercise Classes that interest you. Physical activity can be fun when you find something you like.
3. Workout with a friend or Personal Trainer
Having a friend or personal trainer to work out with certainly can keep you motivated, with social distancing of course! You can Zoom with each other for your home workouts, make up different routines for one another other, or go for a run on opposite sides of the street…it’s fun!!
4. Give yourself time to find your groove
On average, it takes approximately six to eight weeks to form a habit, so stick with it. Stay consistent…you got this!!
5. Take your workout outdoors
Nothing beats the fresh outdoors when weather permits. Changing the scenery goes a long way…try going for a run, hike, bike ride, or doing a workout in the park.
6. Make healthy food choices
Choose whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Stay away from processed, sugary foods, and foods high in sodium.
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