Healthy Tip # 171

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Another healthy tip courtesy of Connie Stetler

applevector1. Give it time – It takes time to turn a new workout routine into a weekly habit. Give yourself at least 3 months to ease into your new exercise program. You will see a change in your body that will help motivate you to continue on with your new routine.

2. Have a vision – Write down what you want your body to look and feel like a year from now. Make it a clear picture so that you have something real to shoot for.

3. Make it fun – You are more likely to stick to a workout that you consider fun. If you enjoy the outdoors, try some outdoor activities for your exercise regime. If you like to workout in groups, join a group exercise class.

4. Be safe – Make sure you know what you are doing when you are exercising. Nothing stops a workout routine faster than an injury. Most people find it hard to restart a program after an injury. If you are unsure about how to exercise properly, hire a certified personal trainer to get you started the right way.

5. Don’t do it alone – Either hire a certified personal trainer or get a workout buddy. A personal trainer will help push you through the tough times. When you feel like giving up, your trainer will be there for motivation. A workout buddy is great for a little competition and accountability..

6. Exercise alone is not enough – Drink enough water, get enough sleep, reduce stress and eat healthy…all of these things are a part of your overall well-being. Without these things, it’s difficult to get the results you were looking for. Without results, you lose motivation to continue with your workout routine.

7. Know that you can do it! – Have confidence in your ability to make a change. If you “think” you can, you will. Think positive. Recall how good it feels to be healthy and fit.

– Connie Stetler, BS, NSCA, ACE, a certified personal trainer and wellness coach at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in Houston