ST. LOUIS - Experts with Mercy's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilition program are providing tips to keep your heart healthy, before you need to visit them. This month's tips focus on sustaining your exercise routine the entire year.
Most of us would agree, when we get regular physical activity we feel better. It’s because there are tons of benefits associated with physical activity and a regular exercise routine. For example, research has shown regular physical activity:
As you can see, the results of being physically active can have big payoffs. This highlights the importance of starting - or continuing - to be physically active and maintain a regular exercise routine throughout the year. However, many people start a regular exercise regimen for a New Year’s resolution, but the routine slowly falls apart over a couple months until it’s sporadic, or ends completely.
If you feel you’re at risk for falling short of your resolution, or maybe have experienced it in the past, let’s change this year. Whether you’re thinking about a resolution to be more physically active, have already started a new routine or have been participating regularly in a fitness program and just need a little encouragement, here are some tips to keep a routine for the whole year:
Take home message: YOU CAN DO THIS! If you’re taking the time to read these tips, you’re already showing interest and desire to start, keep up and maintain a regular physical activity program. By believing in yourself, determination, social support and finding some activities you enjoy doing regularly, you’ll be on a path to overcome the barriers to exercise that have impeded progress in the past.
**IMPORTANT** Always talk to your doctor prior to participation in an exercise routine. In addition, completing an exercise self-assessment (like the one provided here by the American College of Sports Medicine) can help you and your doctor see if there are any risks associated with your participation in exercise.