Get Fit and Improve Your Health Numbers

Beyond keeping you slim and trim, a regular exercise routine can drastically improve your health numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Working out also wards off myriad chronic diseases, boosts mood, increases energy, aids sleep, enhances sex – and the list goes on and on and on! If you’ve been meaning to get moving on a fitness plan, this simple plan will help jumpstart you into action

Reality Check

Create a realistic routine. Carve out the time to exercise in your daily routine and honor it as sacred, whether that means going to the gym religiously every morning at 5 a.m., biking to the office during rush hour, or working out with resistant bands while watching reality TV at night. If you haven’t exercised for a while, start slow rather than jumping back in full throttle. For instance, begin with a gentle routine, such as walking briskly 10 minutes a day. In keeping with the US Surgeon General’s basic guidelines, you’ll want to work your way up to 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week, which translates to 30 minutes 5 days per week.

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