Exercise is a huge positive influence in my life. I hike and ride my bicycle. I do a little bit of yoga. This summer, I started training for distance running and it has been amazing. I followed the couch to 5k running program and now I am on week three of gateway to 8k. It is fun setting new goals to challenge yourself and when you meet them, talk about a self esteem boost. I plan on running a 5k race in october. I haven't run a race since high school, so I'm excited.
If you think you would like to start running, and never have tried, you should check out "Couch to 5k" on the internet. Another great tool is the Podrunner intervals and DJ beatsmith. You can download podcasts with music that goes with the couch to 5k plan.
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By having small goals along the way you keep yourself motivated and inspired and that final goal doesn't seem that far away after all
If my run isn't going so well I will change my route so I'm making more turns or direction changes. That way I'm not discouraged by distance. I run "just to the corner" then "just to what ever landmark" I see. Soon enough my run is done and I did the full time I set out to do.
Staying active doesn't mean get out and exercise. It means try to stay busy so you don't sit around and watch TV/Computer. These are the biggest no-no's when you are on a weight loss mission. If you find yourself getting hungry after dinner and you can't intake more calories get out and walk. This always does the trick.
And don't forget to stay motivated. Set small goals and keep them.
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