Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tip #10: Reward Yourself!

Make sure that you have a reward plan set up whether it is a new little black dress, a day at the spa, or a meal out after your goal is reached and then continue to reward yourself periodically throughout the maintenance period thereafter. Giving yourself little incentives like this is not only fun, but makes you feel like you've really accomplished something, and that's worth celebrating! From boosting your immune system, to reducing fat, to improving cognitive function, regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

A study of cancer patients found that an exercise program resulted in a higher ratio of disease-fighting T cells to less beneficial T cells. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/exercise-immune-system-t-cells_n_1971311.html)

And physical activity has special benefits for older adults. There is strong evidence that it helps prevent falls and improves cognitive function, and moderate evidence that it lowers the risk of hip fracture and increases bone density. (http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/benefits-of-exercise)

Overall, walking is the most popular form of exercise, with 30% of U.S. adults who exercise participating in an average day. Weightlifting takes second place with 13.1%, and using cardio equipment is the third most popular activity with 12.7%. (http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2008/sports/data.htm)

But whatever form of exercise you choose, it's all good - just make sure to mix it up from time to time - not only will this keep boredom at bay, it will have more of a positive effect on your body as well. If you need ideas, be sure to check this blog from time to time for fun workouts and suggestions for keeping your activity level up.

We hope you've enjoyed this summer series on ways to get more exercise. As you know, getting enough exercise can give you a longer, healthier life and also just make you feel better overall. Even if you start out small, you can reap noticeable benefits. By incorporating these tips into your daily or weekly exercise routine, you will discover that exercise can be successful, fruitful, and rewarding all rolled into one.

To find more fun ways to exercise, visit http://www.newholisticliving.com/fun-ways-to-exercise.html.
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