Exercise – it's SO good for you! 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30-40 percent and stroke by 25 percent. But for many of us, starting an exercise program can be overwhelming and just downright unappealing. Health psychologist Shilagh Mirgain says that developing the right mind set is the best place to start.
What's one thing that prevents you from exercising? Share one way you can turn your mind around on the UW Health Facebook page.
Sunday, February 16
Feeling overwhelmed about adding activity to your life? Check out this video from the American Heart Association and get inspired to get moving.
Share this video with at least one person you care about and ask them to be your “accountability buddy." Talk about your goals for adding exercise to your life and scheduled time for a check-in each week.
Monday, February 17
"But it's winter!" you say? It's time to get creative to stay active. Try a short term membership at a health club, exercise DVD or mall walking. Check out classes at your local community center. Rent snowshoes or cross country skis at your local park or sporting goods store. Find your inner child and go sledding or skating or build a snowman. Or try this simple chair yoga routine at home.
Commit to trying one thing on this list of exercise ideas (pdf) this week. What will your winter activity be? Do you have other suggestions for fun winter activities? Share your ideas on the UW Health Facebook page.
Tuesday, February 18
Carving out time for exercise can seem like an impossible task. Health psychologist Shilagh Mirgain will help you find ways to make exercise possible no matter how busy life gets.
Have you gone from being inactive to active? Share your tips for success with others on the UW Health Facebook page.
Wednesday, February 19
You may more active than you think! Pedometers are a great way for getting credit for movement you do throughout your day. Start taking the stairs, park farther away, do an extra lap around the grocery store and watch the steps add up. Add concentrated exercise for 30 minutes a day and you’re sure to get to the recommended 10,000 steps! Check out these recommendations for developing your own walking program(pdf).
Do you have a pedometer? If so, how has that helped you to become and stay active? Share your experience on the UW Health Facebook page.
Thursday, February 20
Determining your exercise style can be an important way to set yourself up for success. Do you need an "appointment," like a scheduled class, or can you set your own schedule? Do you like group activities or prefer something independent? Are you happier indoors or outdoors?
Most times the idea of exercise is more painful than exercising itself. If you’ve been avoiding getting active, make a commitment to try something simple like walking for just 15 minutes today. Note how you feel afterwards.
How active have you been this week? Leave a comment on the UW Health Facebook page, and you’ll be entered to win Leslie Sansone’s "Start Walking At Home" DVD, which features a 1- and 2-mile walk produced in cooperation with the American Heart Association.