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The path from "couch potato" to a more active lifestyle can begin with just five minutes a day. Trainer Joe Decker explains ...
how to get active and keep it up.
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Joe Decker: Lounging on a sofa is fine from time to time, but if you find yourself turn into a couch potato, it's time to get active. Sometimes, just getting started is half the battle.
Before beginning, check with your doctor. Once you start it, don't set the bar too high right out of the gate.
Try for just five minutes a day. Over time you want to work your way up to at least half an hour. But it doesn't have to be a continuous 30 minutes. Choose for doing something at least three days a week.
Some people believe that if you're not doing vigorous exercise like running a marathon, then why bother? Wrong.
The fact is, any physical activity counts, whether it's walking, gardening, or even playing in the yard with the kids. The key is to choose things that you enjoy and keep moving.
Sticking with it can be the hardest part. To stay motivated, keep a log of your activity, and post in a public place or online, where others can also monitor your progress and cheer you on.
Teaming up with a friend or a co-worker can also keep you on track. Consider starting up for a class together on say, dancing or Tai Chi and make it a social event.
Don't forget to warm up beforehand, and stretch afterwards. That way, you'll reduce a chance of an injury, which can definitely keep you from sticking with it.
If you feel too tired to workout, don't let that stop you. Even I have to push myself on some days. Remember, physical activity actually boosts your energy much more than lying around and eating snacks well. I am Joe Decker, keeping you in the Motion Zone.