By: Theresa Fullenkamp, DNP, FNP
A new year has arrived, and if you’re thinking about making a resolution to exercise more, consider making small, gradual changes. Small changes typically lead to better long-term results. Nurse Practitioner Theresa Fullenkamp suggests the following to help keep your fitness resolution on track:
- Eliminate the all or nothing mindset. Too many people believe they must have 30-60 minutes to exercise or it’s not worthwhile. Moving your body is always beneficial, even if it’s 10 minutes at a time.
- Wake up 20 minutes earlier. It can be tempting to stay in bed, but that extra time can reap major benefits. Use it to stretch, exercise or plan your day.
- Make it fun. Listen to an audio book, music or podcast while you walk or ride a bike.
- Drink. More. Water. Water improves physical performance and increases endurance.
- Take the stairs. Stair climbing can burn calories, strengthen muscles and break up a sedentary day.
- Park further away. This trick guarantees more steps every time.
- Add free weights at home. You don’t need big equipment to tone muscles. Free weights are versatile and inexpensive.
- Grab a buddy and try a new fitness class, like Zumba or yoga. There are plenty of options locally!
- Plan it. Make an appointment in your phone or on your calendar for exercise.
- Utilize local walking trails. In addition to the steps, the fresh air and sunshine can improve your mood.