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Monday, April 6, 2009

Physical Fitness
Part of preparedness is being physically fit.

David O. McKay said: “The healthy man, who takes care of his physical being, has strength and vitality; his temple is a fit place for his spirit to reside. Develop a personal and family physical fitness program."

This post comes to us from Chelsy Hooper, Hilltop Ward. Chelsy has a B.S. in Human Performance, and is a former Personal Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. Thank you, Chelsy!

How to start an exercise program:
Exercising is great and we all know it is good for us too, but let’s face it, to many of us starting exercising after a short or long break can seem daunting. Never fear! Below is listed a sure fire way of helping you up off the couch and out exercising!

1. Make an exercising goal: By having a goal you have something you are looking forward to and something to motivate you to get out the door on those harder days. Make sure that you are specific, realistic, and that the goal is attainable. I like to choose an event like a 5k fun run that I can train for, some people like to lose X amount of weight or learn some new activity. Whatever motivates you and gets you excited!
2. Choose a time: Make it routine, plan it into your schedule and make it the same time each day so that it becomes a habit.
3. Start slow: If you aren’t used to exercising pick 2-3 times a week with a day in between and slowly start into it. After your body adjust to the new demands on it add an extra day until you’ve reached 5-6 times a week. You’ll know you have gone too hard if the rest of the day you feel overly tired and are extremely sore the next day. The key here is to start slow and build up. Remember that anything is better than nothing!
4. Do something you enjoy: Who says the only way to exercise is jogging? Pick something you are interested in and that excites you. Examples include: Take a class at the local gym, play racquetball, go walking with a friend, hike, bike, swim, anything that gets your heart rate up for an extended period of time.
5. Be flexible: The only thing constant in life is change, expect setbacks. Learn to make exercise a priority and get it done when you can. But get it done.With these five tips you should be well on your way to reaching your goals and living a healthier and happier life! Good luck and good exercising!

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