Get fit in the New Year by making exercise one of your New Year's resolutions. Here's how to make it fun and effective!
At this time of year, one of the top New Year's resolutions often includes exercise.
And while you know you should exercise (whether you enjoy it or not) it may feel challenging to decide what type of exercise is best.
Or to find the energy to maintain a healthy exercise schedule.
As Donna Gates, founder of Body Ecology, often says: "First create Energy. You must have energy to heal," you also need energy to even WANT to exercise.
The good news is, when you commit to a healthy Body Ecology program, you will automatically be creating energy to aid healing AND motivation for exercise and other goals you want to achieve.
For more information on adding the Body Ecology program to your New Year's resolutions, read: 5 Resolutions to Commit to a Healthier Diet, by Donna Gates.
In this article, we'll highlight the best tips for healthy and healing exercise!
Here are 9 New Year's resolutions for getting the most from your exercise in 2008:
If you change only one thing about your exercise routine in the New Year, then get a rebounder and use it!
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Using a reboounder can jumpstart your metabolism, encourage lymph drainage, improve digestion and strengthen your cardiovascular system, along with many other benefits.
Find out more about this amazing exercise and read The Rebounder: One Fitness Tool Highly Recommended by Body Ecology and Why.
Dogs and cats stretch every day, but we humans can't seem to make time for it. However, flexibility is absolutely necessary for a healthy body.
Flexibility exercises maintain and improve your range of motion and can keep you from being stiff. Proper stretching (after a period of warm up movement) can also help your balance and coordination.
Ease into a stretching routine with gentle stretches in the morning. After your workouts, practice touching your toes or even take a yoga class.
Yoga is a great flexibility exercise that also calms your mind. You can build strength and flexibility with several types of yoga, so pick the style that best meets your exercise goals.
If you are new to yoga, try this great Yoga for Beginner's program to support you in getting started. In this program, you will learn healing yoga postures, yogic breathing exercises and calming meditation to balance mind, body and spirit.
Proper breathing during your workouts and throughout your day can impact your health immediately. Every cell of your body relies on oxygen, but we often neglect the other half of our respiration- the half that exhales carbon dioxide.
Deep, cleansing breaths not only take in oxygen but also get rid of toxic waste.
Make an effort to take deep breaths in through your nose several times a day: in the morning, whenever you need a "pick me up," again in the evening before bed and especially during workouts.
- Go for a walk.
You don't need a gym, equipment or classes to exercise. Getting in shape is as easy as taking a walk!
Research shows that walking improves bone density, controls blood pressure, lowers your risk for stroke, and even improves your mood. Walking also improves your digestion, elimination and detoxification!
- Mornings improve maintenance.
People who exercise most consistently do it in the mornings. With fewer distractions and the promise of burning more calories, mornings can be an ideal time of day to exercise.
Once you're done, you have the rest of the day and have already crossed one very important item off your to-do list.
- Take two.
Working out with a buddy is one of the best ways to ensure that you do it regularly. Enlist a friend to be your accountability partner even if you can't exercise together.
With regular check-ins and regular exercise dates, your new commitment is bound to become one of the best parts of your day.
- Get outside.
Taking your physical exertion out of doors provides ever-changing scenery and can give you a needed dose of Vitamin D is sunshine.
Even better, you have a nearly endless option of outside activities: volleyball, rollerblading, swimming, walking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and rock climbing are easy ways to have fun and get fit at the same time.
- Take a day off.
Daily exercise is great, but your body (and your mind) needs a day off. Once a week give your body a break, and you'll enter the next week with renewed vigor.
- Have fun!
Exercise doesn't have to mean an hour of boredom every day. No matter what activities you choose, where you go or who you do them with, exercise can be... and should be... one of your best ways to have fun. Try not to take it so seriously.
Take off your heart rate monitor and stop checking to see how many calories you have burned. Smile while you run or listen to uplifting music.
Soon, you'll look forward to keeping your New Year's resolutions to exercise because this healthy habit actually brings you pleasure... feeling alive and full of gratitude!
With these 9 tips, begin today to jumpstart your New Year's resolution and create a healthy exercise plan!
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