What better time than springtime to kick your fitness up a notch? Longer days and warmer weather provide the perfect motivation. You don’t have to start training for a marathon, either; as long as you’re getting more activity than you used to, you’re on the right track. Let springtime’s rejuvenation inspire you to break down those barriers and finally make fitness a way of life.
The Power of Physical Activity
Regular physical activity improves your mood, enhances the quality of your life, helps you burn off stress — and, most important, it strengthens your body while it burns calories. Physical activity helps your body work the way it is supposed to. Even simple walking is a good, weight-bearing exercise that helps keep muscles — including your heart — strong.
The next time you finish your workout, think about how good you feel. Many people have trouble getting started (myself included), but once they finish, they feel terrific, partly due to endorphin’s, those feel-good brain chemicals.
Make a Commitment
One of the best strategies for making activity a habit is to commit to a program — or to a friend. Knowing that your workout partner is in the Pinacle parking lot or your trainer is in the gym waiting for you at 7 a.m. is a great motivator to get out of bed. Likewise, if you sign up for a class or buy a gym membership, you are making both a personal and financial commitment. When you know someone is counting on you, it’s easier to stay motivated.