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It’s time to start a workout routine

Rhonda Beckham

This weekend, we have to set our clocks ahead one hour for daylight savings time. Initially, we’ll lose some light in the morning, but you’ll have more at the end of the day, and there still are 24 hours in each one to take care of your body.

The No. 1 excuse people have to not work out is lack of time. Is it time or misplaced priorities? Sure, the dishes need to be washed, errands need to be run and laundry folded. You don’t want to risk missing the game or cut your Internet time short. But all those things can wait. Your health can’t.

How many months or years have you told yourself that you will start exercising?

I’m telling you the time is now. Once you start moving your body deliberately to improve your health, you’ll instantly feel better. You’ll know you are doing something good for yourself, and your attitude will improve because of it. You’ll feel energized and actually have more time to get those other things done. You’ll accomplish most chores more efficiently because you’ll be thinking more clearly and you will be more alert.

Spring brings new beginnings. Use this equinox to make a fresh start in your life. It doesn’t need to be an earth-shaking event – start small. Put your athletic shoes near your bed so you can put them on as soon as you sit up in the morning. Put your gym bag in your car so you can make a “me time” stop on your way home.

I’ve heard of people sleeping in their workout clothes so they can get to a 6 a.m. cycling class. Make the commitment to yourself and tell your family, friends and co-workers about it. They may want to join you in your quest for a better quality of life. Or they may help keep you on track.

Just like starting a new job, your new routine may seem like a pain at the beginning. By pushing yourself hard at the start and remaining consistent, you’ll develop a new habit that eventually will become automatic.

Can’t seem to get out of the house in the morning? Walk up flights of stairs, jog in place or turn on FIT TV. When you set your alarm an hour and a half earlier tomorrow night to allow for some type of physical activity, repeat to yourself: “I am willing to do whatever it takes to be healthy and fit!”

Once you begin a regular exercise program, you’ll get better-quality sleep and therefore not need quite as many hours per night.

In next week’s column, I’ll give you a 30-minute workout routine you can perform at the gym, at home or the park.

– Rhonda Beckham is a nationally certified personal trainer, with teaching certificates in Pilates and kickboxing.


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