Your Health: Get Moving

If you’re looking to lose weight or get in shape, your life changes have to consist of more than just eating well. You need to get moving! But there’s a reason so many people who sign up for a gym membership on January 1 forget they have it by February 1: going to the gym is not for everyone.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who is disciplined and motivated enough to go to the gym regularly, that’s great. Work with a personal trainer and design a regimen that’s geared toward your goals and workout style. Whether it’s bulking up or slimming down, your gym will have equipment to help you.

If you’re not so inclined, however, fear not. There are other ways to get your body moving that don’t require a gym membership. Here are some guidelines to help you get started:

  • If you like the equipment you find in a gym — but don’t have the motivation to drag yourself to the building itself — look into purchasing a piece or two of workout equipment, free weights, etc. to have in your home. Be sure to look for pieces geared toward your fitness goals.
  • If you walk into a gym and just aren’t sure what to do, look into workout classes or DVDs that offer a fitness regimen in line with your goals. The guidance and itinerary can help keep you on track with better results than floundering on your own.
  • If the idea of lifting weights or walking on a treadmill for hours at a time completely bores you, look into more engaging options. Try Zumba or dance workouts designed for video game systems. Trust me, you’ll still sweat!
  • If money is an issue, check out nature for some free ideas: walking, hiking, bike riding. You can also head to the local park for basketball, tennis, or swimming.
  • If you find it hard to stay motivated, try linking up with a workout buddy or a group of friends. That way, when you’re tempted to skip a session, you’ll have to disappoint others. The thought alone may keep you going. Along the same lines, you can also play sports with community organizations or with a group of friends — letting you socialize and get your exercise in at the same time.
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