Ramp up Your Activity Level

Have you been spending too much time on the couch? Are you feeling lethargic, stiff and experiencing constant fatigue?  The bombardment of extreme dieting and rigorous exercise from the media can be daunting. For any exercise program or life changing activity to be sustainable, it must be introduced in small, manageable increments. Follow these recommendations from the fitness experts to ensure your desire to increase your activity level is sustainable.  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a new pair of athletic shoes from the great selection available at Sams Club.

Start out by making small goals. Avoid the temptation to make your goals purely weight loss related. Following a consistent activity level and healthy diet will result in weight loss.  The overarching objective when beginning a new exercise regime is to create a habit. Only then will your new lifestyle be sustainable. Commit to walking, biking, kayaking or even dancing for at least thirty minutes four times per week. After several weeks you’ll begin to feel a real change in your stamina levels. Increased activity during the day results in better sleep at night. A well-rested body is also an energized body.  After several weeks of walking, begin to increase your pace. Consider purchasing an activity tracker to keep track of daily distances, time and speed. This can serve as a real motivator towards reaching your goals. Sitting is the new smoking. Commit to standing and stretching and taking a two minute walk every hour to allow your muscles to flex and stretch.

Finally, be mindful of what you eat.  The greatest exercise regime in the world can be undermined by poor eating choices. Try to eliminate sugary sodas, fast food and processed food from your diet. These changes alone will result in a more sustained energy level, reduced bloating and fatigue. Combine mindful eating and consistent exercise and you’ll be on your way to a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. You’ll probably lose several pounds in the process as well!