2019-01-11 / Viewpoint

Wellness Tip of the Week

New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to start a new year. Why not make fitness/wellness a priority and habit going into the new year. It will be easier stick to it and make those changes like you have promised yourself. Obtain a new goal each month and move to the next one.

Please keep in mind these suggestions when starting to work out for the first time.

- The first step to any workout routine is to evaluate how fit you are for your chosen physical activity. Whenever you begin an exercise program, it's wise to consult a doctor. Anyone with major health risks, males aged 45 and older, and women aged 55 and older should get medical clearance.

- Start low and go slow. When people go about it too aggressively early in the program, they tend not to stick with it over the long haul citing pain and discomfort. What you really want to do is to develop some new habits that you can stick with for a life time.

- Start by doing an aerobic activity, like walking or running, for a sustained 20-30 minutes, four to five times a week.

- Add in some weight training two to three days a week for each muscle group. Nothing too heavy, but something you can accomplish 8 to 12 repetitions with and add weight as necessary. Continue until these activities become habit. Benefits are limitless.

It takes commitment and 21 days or more to make something a habit. Get started now. Make Wellness a habit in the New Year.

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