Although reluctant, I decided to join a boot camp in my neighborhood in mid-February, and I must say that it’s an excellent blend of cardio and strength training. The level of difficulty is intense, but so are the results.
As warmer weather approaches, look deep within and consider making a commitment to increase and maintain some form of physical activity every day. If you don’t see yourself joining a boot camp anytime soon, consider these tips to keep your fitness goals in the forefront:
Tip #1: Commit to walking or running a 5K, or greater, charity marathon.
Wouldn’t it be great to do something for yourself while doing something for others? Dedicating yourself to mini fitness goals each day will prepare you for the actual event. Register for the activity of your choice and get tips from event sponsors. Some examples of upcoming walks are the Weight Watchers Community Walk It Challenge, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure and the Peachtree Road Race (Atlanta, GA).
Tip #2: Score with some new workout gear and gadgets.
Music makes the world go around, and it can also motivate you to get through your workout. Download some catchy new tunes to pump yourself up while you’re pumping iron. Marshall’s and TJ Maxx have some great inexpensive workout clothes that will help you look the part while you’re working toward results. While you’re there, make a small investment in your own workout mat and a pair of five-pound or more dumbbells. Keep them in the car with you at all times along with a spare pair of sturdy exercise shoes. It’s all about fitting in the time for exercise, and it’s so much easier to do when you have the tools handy.
Tip #3: Set up a workout schedule and timeline.
There are many resources available to help you gain momentum for your fitness goals. I plan my daily exercise like I plan for meetings. I actually put it on my calendar. Consider having a fitness email list, Facebook group, or an e-calendar with a few friends. You can post your plans for daily activity, encourage each other and attend activities together. If you’re just getting started with your plans, visit www.C25K.com. C25K stands for Couch to 5K, and it gives you a fitness plan that combines running and walking to go from your couch to a 5k in nine weeks!
Exercise has so many wonderful benefits for your body, mind and spirit. It’s never too late to get started so commit to be fit today! “Whether You Think You Can or Can’t, You’re Right.” (Henry Ford)
–Dr. Caree J. Jackson earned a PhD in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia. She is also a registered dietitian and licensed esthetician. Be sure to “Like” Dr. Caree’s Fan page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/drcaree. Also visit www.drcaree.com for more tips and information.