Fitness “Dos”

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At Fit Communications, we are always looking at the positive in every situation. There are too many negative thoughts and nay-Sayers in this world. We believe in being positive and supportive – in business and our own lives. For this reason, I am listing a few “dos” for fitness rather that any “don’ts”!

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Set Goals. Do you want to lower your blood pressure by 10 points? Lose 15 pounds? Run a 5 K? No matter what your fitness level, it will help keep you motivated to set a goal. Be sure to keep the S.M.A.R.T. acronym in mind to help you reach your goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Based.

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Make a schedule and stick with it. This is so important – especially for those working full time and/or with families. With today’s hectic schedules, it is hard to find time for yourself – and to exercise. Making a schedule for your own fitness and health will allow you to stay with it and keep on track. Build your workouts into your schedule just like you would your child’s dance class, hockey practice or weekly grocery shopping. Ensure that what you schedule is realistic though. If you plan to get up at 5 am every day for your workout and you are not a morning person, this may be setting yourself for failure.

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Find a workout buddy. It is a lot more difficult to skip the gym if you know you will be standing up your buddy. If you have a person to workout with, you are responsible to each other. Not only will this help you show up in the first place, but it will also make it more enjoyable and provide your very own cheerleader. To that, if it is in your budget, you can get the same effect by hiring a personal trainer. Many gyms offer this service for a cost. Not only will they provide the same benefits as having a buddy but they can also provide professional advice and guidance to help you reach your goals.

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Change it up. Variety is the spice of life. The same goes for your workouts. Doing the same thing every time will quickly become boring. There are so many options for exercise – not just at the gym. Especially now that it is summer, you can take advantage of fun outdoor activities – riding your bike, swimming, hiking, running, volleyball, etc…   There are also many “apps” on smart phones that can provide you with new ideas for workouts and exercises.

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Try a sport, dance class or game. Why not join an adult hockey or ringette team, gymnastics class or pole dancing class? Not sure what to do? Think back to when you were a kid. What did you love to do? What sports were you involved in? Do these! Not only will it help to keep your interest in fitness, but it will be lots of fun and won’t feel like “exercise”. If you didn’t do any sports as a kid or teen doesn’t mean you can’t do it now. Most sports and activities have adult classes for newbies and those that are looking to get back into it.

So there you have it!  These are obviously only just a few of the many “dos” for fitness.  Hopefully these will give you either a place to start if you haven’t started a fitness program or provide you some new ideas if you are already a “gym rat”!


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