Let’s get moving! Where to start?

Get Fit with Judy Troth

Get Fit with Judy Troth

Did you do it? Did you start moving? If you did, good for you! Good for your heart! Good for your lungs! Hurray for your continued independence! If you wanted to start, but felt overwhelmed, I get it. I’ve been overwhelmed looking at the finish line and wondering how on earth I could get there. The good news is you don’t have to get there today, you just need to start today!
If you clip out these columns, thumb through to the ones on S.M.A.R.T. goals. Sometimes making goals can help keep you on track. For example, 300 minutes of exercise weekly works out to 50 minutes for 6 days, or 60 minutes for 5 days in a week. (I’ve never been a weekend exerciser; I do other stuff on the weekend).
The thought of 60 minutes may terrify some of you, but it shouldn’t; sure, doing the whole 60 minutes in one session may not be possible for you today. So what? Nobody said it had to be 60 continuous minutes. Would three 20-minute sessions work just as well? Probably, and especially if you are just starting; for that matter, one 20-minute session is a good start! You have 20 minutes don’t you? 20 minutes to begin to change your life; 20 minutes to improve your health; 20 minutes to improve the quality of your life; you can do that much, can’t you?
Some things you can do that will help you make exercise a part of your lifestyle:
• Exercise at the same time. This can help form the habit; making exercise part of your daily routine.
• Keep a journal. Keeping a journal of how long, how far, how you felt is such a motivator. What if you began with a time limit- say 30 minutes and began tracking how far you could go in that time? Most reliable estimates say you burn 100 calories for every mile.
• Get a partner. Exercising with a similarly motivated friend will keep both of you accountable and motivated. After all, the sidewalk or treadmill does not care whether you exercise; your friend does.
• Join a class. There’s safety – and fun – and motivation in classes. Where else will you find a room full of people all doing the same thing and having fun doing it? You don’t even have to think up what to do! Someone will tell you! When your personal motivation wanes, being part of a class can keep you on track.
• Make S.M.A.R.T. goals. Map out a plan for 300 minutes a week using S.M.A.R.T. goals; goals have built-in benchmarks for you to estimate your progress and see how you are doing.

Till next time…What’s your goal? What’s your plan to get there?

Judy Troth has been the program coordinator at Spectrum Fitness Zachary for 8 years and teaches a variety of classes including: Group Power, Group Active, Silver Sneakers and Silver Sneakers Yoga. Contact her at 1326 Church Street, 225-654-3800.

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