For some people New Year’s is when they kick their fitness into high gear. Others may wait for warm weather to come out of fitness hibernation. Here’s a few tips to ease back into a healthy lifestyle if you’ve spent the winter on the couch.
Ease back in If you’ve fallen out of a fitness routine, it’s okay to start out slow. Join a health club now (Most of the New Year’s crowd has thinned out). Sign up for an exercise class like yoga, water aerobics or a cycling class. Join a neighborhood walking club or pick a new place to take an easy nature hike a few days a week
Do something different Hike, bike, swim or take a fitness class you haven’t taken before. Buy a new exercise DVD or exercise equipment. Go explore. Find a new nature area, bike path or tourist attraction to walk around and learn new things.
Make small changes With your diet, add a new food that has additional health benefits, like the aroniaberry. Cut out one thing you know is bad for you in your diet. With exercise walk further when you park your car or walk to the grocery store or a restaurant once a week.
Become an active volunteer Raise your hand to help cleanup the neighborhood at your next meeting. Walking through the neighborhood is a good way to get additional steps in and will make you feel better by simply doing something for your others.