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7 Ways to Get Active & Stay Active

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7 Ways to Get Active & Stay Active
                        contributed by Judy Shriner
Gone are the long days of summer which caused chaos to your home, nap routines and your sanity. Now that your kid(s) are back in school, it’s the perfect time to form healthy habits and either start getting active or get back into being active. Here are 7 tips that can help lead you to your goals.
1 – Start Slow
Rome wasn’t built in a day. How many times have you heard that? A lot? Well I should hope so, because it’s true. Don’t lace up your running shoes and attempt to pound out a 6 mile run without any prior training. Take. It. Slow. Try walking for 15 minutes and increase the time each week.

ssamykati2 – Find a Buddy

Having a friend who enjoys being active can make all the difference in getting out the door. It also makes your workout fly by when you have some to talk to. Find a friend you have similar interests with and build from there. If you aren’t sure where to start, try posting on Facebook or Twitter when you are planning to go for a walk and see if anyone wants to join you.

 

 
3 – Schedule It In
Even if you don’t find a buddy to exercise with, scheduling your workouts can ensure you don’t overbook yourself. Block out some time in a planner or on a calendar app in your phone. Scheduling in your exercise can also help show you what works and what doesn’t. Did you plan on hitting a weightlifting class at the gym but never made it? Perhaps swapping that activity with an exercise DVD at home followed by a short walk with the dog will be easier to make happen.
4 – Include Your Family
Get your husband involved! See if your kids want to kick the soccer ball around after dinner! You will be more apt to get moving if your loved ones are moving as well.
5 – Create a Vision Board and/or Log Your Small Accomplishments
This is my favorite! Figure out what motivates you or what you want to accomplish and build a vision board. It can be as simple as a picture of you from years ago where you felt comfortable in your own skin, to something excessively detailed like a smattering quotes, clippings and other Pinterest worthy images modpodged onto a poster board. You can also keep a notebook boasting your workouts. Log how long you were active for and how it felt.

shriner36 – Sign Up For a Race

I walked my first 5k. And hated every second of it. But since that Crooked Creek 5k race up in Chapin, I’ve done everything for an 8k to a sprint triathlon. Getting over your fear of competitive races can really help build a passion for working out. Plus it’s a great way to increase your wardrobe with all the race shirts!

 
7 – Lay Out Your Workout Clothes
Yank out your cute running shorts, matching top and over priced sports bra. Lay them out on your dresser so when you wake up, there is no fumbling for your clothes. Again, if you are a visual learner, seeing your clothes can help inspire you to exercise.

 

Judy Shriner is the owner/instructor for Fit4Mom – Stroller Strides Columbia. For more information about classes, contact Judy! Your first class is always free!

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