THE FIRST STEP IS THE HARDEST

Today, I had plans to go out on a brisk walk, but Mother Nature foiled my plans again with high, cold winds and spotty rain. I don’t like walking in weather like this, so instead, I will insert a DVD in the player and go to it. I never, ever regret working out, even if it is only doing 25 reps of curls – my mood lifts and my step quickens.

I encourage my clients to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. Taking the first step into physical activity (First approved by a physician, of course) is the hardest, but I promise them, as I do you, it is a worthy use of time. Begin slowly, short intervals for aerobic, use light weights in weightlifting, etc. Common sense and all things in moderation prevent injury and discouragement.

I offer a 6-Week Challenge to my clients, which includes a journal of food intake, weight, and physical activities.

You’ll feel better mentally, perform tasks more efficiently, and your clothes will fit better or not fit as your body shrinks ~ what a great excuse to go shopping for new clothes!  (^_^)  

 WHAT IS A WORKOUT?

 A workout is 25 percent perspiration

and 75 percent determination. Stated

another way, it is one part physical

exertion and three parts self-discipline.

Doing it is easy once you get started.

A workout makes you better today than

you were yesterday. It strengthens the

body, relaxes the mind and toughens the

spirit. When you work out regularly,

your problems diminish and your

confidence grows.

 A workout is a personal triumph over

laziness and procrastination. It is the

badge of a winner and the mark of an

organized, goal-oriented person who has

taken charge of his or her destiny.

A workout is a wise use of time and an

investment in excellence. It is a way of

preparing for life’s challenges and

proving to yourself that you have what

it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the

door to opportunity and success. Hidden

within each of us is an extraordinary

force. Physical and mental fitness are

the triggers that can release it.

A workout is a form of rebirth.

When you finish a good workout,

you don’t simply feel better . . .

YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF.

 By George Allen, YMCA

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