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Exercise for Life Series

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Spindaroos Exercise for Life Series 

Part 1 - Creating your workout routine & setting up a plan that works for you.

Spindaroos presents a helpful series that emphasizes the importance of creating an exercise routine for life. We want to motivate you to do something regularly to en-courage strength, health and flexibility. Getting and staying fit is important for long-term health both physically and mentally. We’ll be giving you tips and tricks for balancing work, home and health, getting your routine set up, and keeping you motivated for the long-haul. The series is meant to encourage you and your family to create and stick to a routine, not as just part of your week’s schedule, but as a part of your lifestyle, something that just naturally fits into your everyday life.

Part One of the series will emphasize the importance of creating your workout routine and setting up a plan that works for you. Part Two of the series focuses on staying motivated now that we’ve established our preferred activity(ies). Part Three will focus on tips and tricks for balancing work, home and health.

The most important thing you can do when deciding what your new workout routine is going to be is to make sure you ENJOY doing the activities that you’ve chosen to do. Loving what you do will help ensure that you’re in it long term.

There’s nothing worse when getting ready to work out and feeling that twinge of icky when you know you need to work out and you just don’t feel like doing it. Getting bored is probably the most common complaint when trying to create a routine. After all, one can only do the elliptical machine so many times before it starts to feel like a walking nap… zzzzzzz.

Thankfully, there are a limitless number of opportunities to get and stay fit, so boredom should never really be an issue. Between cycling, hiking, pilates, yoga, weight training, running, walking, treadmill, nautilus machines, tennis, softball, racquetball, etc., there is never a reason for you to lose interest and give up. If you do find yourself ‘zoning out’ with your workout, switch to something else you love to do! Or, better yet, try something new you’ve never done before. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find that you love a new activity or sport your wild about!

Now that you’ve decided on an activity or a few different activities to do, it’s time to set up a workout plan, which will include how often you’re going to work out and what you’re going to do from day to day. You can write this out on your planner, phone, cal-endar, or just stick it on the fridge! Some folks like to work out 5-6 times per week and others prefer 3 days per week. Determine what will work best for you and your lifestyle so that you don’t get burned out.

Also, it’s nice to mix up your routine from day to day. Perhaps you’ll walk on the tread-mill on Mondays, work your upper body on Wednesdays with either free weights or nautilus machines and cardio again on Fridays. Then rock out some cycling on the weekends! Before you know it…voila, your workout week is all set and you’re excited and ready to get started. Want to mix it up even more? You could even set a new schedule each week depending on interest level. On top of all of this, putting together a family basketball game, softball game, or a family bike ride is always a hit!

So there you have it! You’ve tackled two of the toughest parts of creating a workout routine! Finding your activity and creating a plan of workout action is done! Next, we’ll talk about staying motivated in your new plan.