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John A. Mays, MSEd
A Commitment To Your Health
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A Commitment To Your Health

You only get one body in this lifetime. Your health and happiness will depend greatly on how you treat it. Exercise shouldn't feel like a chore or something that has to be checked off your to do list. It should be a priority and an activity that fits into your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth or taking out the trash. However, kick-starting your workout regimen can be a challenge because there will always be some excuse or activity that gets in the way of taking care of yourself.

Whether you're busy with life, carpools, or working a 10-hour day, making exercise and health a priority is something that's beneficial to you and your own body. A healthy mind and body allows you to do the other things in life better.

It's easy for all of us to get distracted and even easier to give up if we're not seeing results as fast as we would like. The thrill of starting something new and challenging can dissipate over time if you don't stick with your plan. Here are my three keys to success.

Make Yourself an Appointment

“I will exercise progressively at least once a week, every week.” Simply hire a trainer and guarantee yourself at least one day a week of progressive exercise. If you are able to do that, then begin to think about adding the next day. Then you are a consistent exerciser, even if it is once a week for bone and muscle strength to offset the aging process.

Start Slow

We're all guilty of trying to bite more than we can chew overloading ourselves with the latest new fad workout, but then finding ourselves injured, bored, and itching for something new, again and again. It's important to start slow, start smart, and start with something that you can safely do with support, such as lifting weights or even walking.

Common Sense Goals

Reasonable common sense goals are key to success. Start the year out with only one goal. Start with simply committing to doing a little more of that same goal each week. Even if it is an extra five minutes of walking or asking your trainer to give you something you can do before bed. Every extra bit counts towards your weekly program of success. Then you simply enjoy the commitment to your health and the maintenance of your one and only body.

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