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Start Your Workouts Before the New Year

Start Your Workouts Before the New Year

As the end of the year approaches, many of us start thinking about New Year's resolutions or setting intentions. It's common to set fitness goals and have the mindset to start working out regularly once the calendar flips. However, waiting until the new year to begin an exercise routine might not be the best approach. In fact, delaying the start of your fitness journey could hinder your progress in the long run.

Here are some reasons why you shouldn't wait until the new year to start working out.  

Every Day Is a New Beginning.           

It sounds good to start something (or pick something back up) at the start of a new year or season. But take a moment to think about if that is the right time for YOU.

Start when you are ready so that you are not feeling the pressure to keep up with everyone. 

Start when you are ready because you have given yourself permission to be and do YOU when YOU feel like it. 

While the start of a new year can be motivating, it's essential to recognize that every day presents an opportunity for a fresh start. Delaying exercise until January 1st can result in lost time that you could use to build healthier habits and achieve your goals.

Establishing Consistency Takes Time.

Consistency is key when it comes to fitness. Starting early allows you to establish a routine, adapt to it, and make it a habit before the rush of the new year. By starting now, you'll be ahead in creating a consistent workout schedule. What better time to get things going so that you can already be in a routine than now. 

Avoiding the New Year Rush.

Gyms tend to be overcrowded in January, making it difficult to access equipment or attend classes. By starting your fitness routine earlier, you can avoid the rush and get comfortable with your workout environment before it gets too crowded.

If you are a gym goer and have already started working out, your chances of feeling discouraged will be minimal to none because you already have the mindset to push through. Plus, the new gym goers will soon fall off and you will keep going. 

Immediate Health Benefits.                    

Exercise offers immediate benefits, including improved mood, increased energy levels, and better sleep. By delaying your start, you're missing out on these positive effects that can significantly enhance your overall well-being. 

Start improving your mood NOW and be ready to take on what may come your way in the new year with an added benefit of alleviating your stress because of your workout routine.

Head into the new year with renewed energy because of your increased energy levels. 

Rest better now because you have already set your plan in motion (because you are in motion).  

Building Momentum.

Starting now allows you to build momentum and progress gradually. You'll have a head start in achieving your fitness goals, which can be a great motivator to keep pushing forward.

There will be days when you will not want to workout. Building up to a routine that fits your schedule and life demands early on can help you overcome those days when you do not feel like putting on your workout clothes. Building that momentum now puts you above the curve of the January firsters. 

Setting Realistic Expectations.

Beginning your fitness journey early allows you to set realistic expectations. It gives you time to assess your starting point, set achievable goals, and plan a strategy that suits your lifestyle.

This will cause less discouragement and disappointment. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, you can adjust. Staring now allows you to make those adjustments that are aligned with you as the focal point and not everyone else who begins their fitness journey at the start of the year. 

Creating Lasting Change.

Waiting for the new year might give a false sense of commitment that can fade quickly. By starting now, you're demonstrating a genuine desire for change and increasing the likelihood of making exercise a lifelong habit.

Remember, starting your fitness journey doesn't have to involve intense workouts right away. Begin with small, manageable steps like taking walks, trying at-home workouts, or joining fitness classes. The key is to start moving and gradually increase the intensity as you become more comfortable. If these activities seem a bit much, start by simply stretching. Everyday. The goal is to create habits and stay consistent.  

Ultimately, the decision to start exercising now rather than waiting until the new year can significantly impact your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. By taking action today, you're investing in your well-being and paving the way for a more active and fulfilling future. Don't wait for a particular date on the calendar—start working out now and embrace the positive changes it can bring to your life. And remember, if you fall off, get back on…even if that is every week or month. 

Workouts for the Silver Fox

Workouts for the Silver Fox

Are you a Silver Fox seeking to maintain your physically active lifestyle? If so, you are not alone. Your wisdom has not brought you this far for nothing. Your physical health is still important as it was twenty, thirty, or many years ago. Embracing a regular exercise routine can significantly contribute to your overall well-being. 

We’ll explore a variety of workouts tailored to mature women and discuss the benefits they offer. 

Workouts

Zumba

Zumba is a lively dance workout that incorporates Latin music and international rhythms. It’s a fantastic way to burn calories while having fun and socializing. Check out a Zumba class in your area.

Jazzercise                             dancing

Jazzercise is another enjoyable workout consisting of dancing to popular songs. You can jam to your favorite songs while getting your heart rate up and improving your cardiovascular fitness.

Walking

Staying physically active does not have to be complicated. Walking is a simple, cost-effective and year-round activity. You can set your own pace, whether it’s a leisurely stroll or brisk walk. The key is to remain consistent in your efforts, and you’ll reap the benefits of this low-impact exercise.

Water aerobics

Water aerobics is an excellent low-impact workout that offers multiple benefits. The water’s resistance helps increase muscle strength while minimizing stress on your joints. You can  find water aerobics at local YMCA or gyms with pools for classes, making it a convenient option for Silver Foxes. 

Stretching and Yoga

Incorporating stretching exercises into your routine is essential for maintaining flexibility and spinal health. Yoga is a fantastic choice, as it not only enhances flexibility but also strengthens your core muscles. You can practice yoga at any time of the day, whether you need a morning energy boost or relaxation before bedtime. 

 

 

Pilates

Pilates is another effective core-strengthening exercise that also helps alleviate back pain. It combines stretching with dynamic movements, making it an excellent choice for those looking to enhance flexibility while getting their heart rate up.   

Weight training

Building lean muscle mass is essential for Silver Foxes, as it increases your metabolism, helping you burn more calories. Weight training is an effective way to achieve this. If you prefer to use weights, you can perform bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, and lunges to build and tone your muscles. 

 

Resistance bands

Resistance bands are versatile tools that can be added to any workout to build strength. They offer a portable alternative to traditional weight lifting, making it easier to stay on track, even when traveling. With various resistance levels available, you can choose the right intensity for your needs. 

Engaging in regular exercise has numerous benefits, including:

Increased energy: Staying active helps boost your energy levels and combat fatigue.

Reduced risk of cancer: Exercise has been linked to a lower risk of certain cancers.

Mental clarity: Physical activity can enhance cognitive function and mental clarity.

Improved memory: Regular exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on memory and cognitive health.

Reduced high blood pressure: Maintaining an active lifestyle can help lower blood pressure and improve heart health.

Improved sleep: Regular physical activity can contribute to better sleep quality. 

Now that you have a variety of workout options to choose from, let us know which ones you’re currently doing or are eager to try. Your journey to a healthier and more active lifestyle is attainable and the benefits you’ll experience are well worth the effort.

Physical Health and Breast Health

Physical Health and Breast Health

Your health is your wealth. Investing in it is investing in you. As women, we often put off self-care while taking care of others. Your health IS your self-care.

Maintaining physical health is not only crucial for your overall well-being but also plays a significant role in breast health.