The more fit you feel, the more you will want to exercise
Branford, CT: Exercise is at the top of every list of health tips. You can’t pass a magazine rack at the grocery store without seeing new tips on the latest kinds of exercise. And it’s not for nothing. Exercise truly improves your health in many ways. Exercise has a beneficial effect on:
- Heart health
- Blood pressure
- Blood pressure
- Strength and flexibility
- Weight control
- Mental health
The students enrolled in the Personal Fitness Training program at Branford Hall Career Institute know what it means to be fit. They are being trained on how to provide personalized fitness training programs for any type of client, whether in-shape, out-of-shape, old, young, or in-between.
One of the main obstacles to exercising that most people cite is the lack of time. If you are a busy student or a busy professional in the workforce, it can be hard to find a time to exercise. Branford Hall offers these tips for making exercise a part of your everyday life.
Tip #1: Become an early bird
Many people find that the best way to ensure that they get a workout is to do it first thing in the morning. This way they can’t procrastinate it away. Some people even sleep in their workout clothes so that they are ready to go when the alarm clock rings. Exercising in the morning has the added benefit of making you feel good all day long!
Tip #2: Get a coach/personal trainer
Not all exercise is created equal. To get the most out of your exercise time, it helps to have a personal trainer to design a specialized workout for you. A personal trainer can help you work on specific parts of your body that you wish to improve. He or she can help you create a workout that is safe for your current fitness level. And best yet, a personal trainer can help encourage and motivate you through the tough times!
Tip #3: Avoid being sedentary
Students and office workers can spend long hours seated at a desk looking at a computer. Even if you had a long morning workout before you got to work, it’s still a good idea to avoid prolonged hours at a desk. To help keep your system active, take study breaks every now and then. Try taking a short walk around the office or your study area every 30 minutes. Do a few stretches. You want to get your blood moving! Another option is to find a way to stand at your desk for part of the day. Alternating between sitting and standing can help.
Tip #4: Ditch the car when possible
Do you live in an area where it’s safe to walk or bike? If so, try to find options for walking or biking instead of taking the car. Can you walk to school? Can you bike to work? Even just parking at a farther space in the parking lot can add some extra steps into your daily routine. Small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help too. Every step counts!
Tip #5: Get off the sofa
Sinking into a sofa at the end of a long day is very tempting. It’s definitely okay to relax and watch some TV, but be careful about how long you are sitting. If you are watching a 2-hour program, try getting up every 30 minutes for a quick stretch or walk around. If you are watching more than two hours per day, try to see if you can cut back. Maybe you can take an evening walk instead of watching one of your programs.
Tip #6: Find an exercise buddy
Many people start off strong on exercise programs, but then fade off after a week or two. To help you stay motivated, try to find an exercise friend. Schedule regular times to go to the gym together. Or take a walk, run, hike, or bike ride together. Having a weight-lifting partner is great for safety and for the camaraderie. Exercise can be fun if you do it with a friend.
Bonus tip: Try a fitness app
Many people have free fitness apps on their phones that help them calculate calorie intake, steps taken, and other physical fitness measures. If you like this kind of thing, why not try one? It could be the motivation you need!
This article was provided by the Branford Hall Career Institute. We promote positive health tips as a provider of health-related career training in medical assisting, medical billing and coding, and personal fitness training.