Believe it or not, humans were not meant to sit at a desk all day. Physical activity is extremely important to maintain a healthy body and mind. There is no shortage of research that shows how exercise improves our overall quality of life. Exercising can improve our moods, our metabolisms, and our minds. Physical activity can decrease stress and chance of illnesses.
According to ACSM guidelines, 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise is recommended for adults. However, recommendations can vary based on the fitness level and experience of the individual. Starting with as much or as little as 10 minutes of lite activity still positively impacts health.
If you have never had an exercise schedule before, we understand it can be pretty overwhelming to start. Here are some tips you can use for establishing a consistent workout routine.
Set SMART Goals: By setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals for yourself. This will give you the motivation to start exercising.
Start Small: Know that achieving goals takes time. Consistency is the key to reaching long-term goals.
Schedule Time: If you want exercising to be a part of your daily schedule, you will need to schedule time for it. Writing down the time you want to exercise will make it more concrete.
Play Some Jams: Make a great, upbeat playlist to make the workout more fun! Listening to your favorite music can also help you stay motivated during your workout.
Pack Ahead of Time: The hardest part of working out is getting to the workout, so packing a bag ahead of time gets you one step closer to making it out the door.
Grab a Friend: Friends are crucial in terms of accountability. Working out with friends benefit both your physical and social health.
Here at Valley Schools, we understand how physical activity can improve the health of your school district, city, town, or government municipality. To learn more about our health insurance pools and plans, please contact us today to learn more about how we can help you lead a healthier life.