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Make exercise a habit

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Do you want to have more energy, look and feel better? Look no further than regular physical exercise. Physical exercise does more than transform your body: It can boost your mood, improve your work performance, and help you live a longer, better life.Even during these long, cold winter days, you can stay fit and form healthy habits that will last you a lifetime. Below are some tips and ideas to help get you started. Choose something you like to do. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and go for it. If you get bored, try something new. Choose more than one type of exercise and vary the intensity of your exercise. Always remember to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program to find out how much exercise is good for you. Sneak some exercise into your day. Small choices lead to a lifestyle. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk during your morning and afternoon break or for lunch. Ride your bike to work. Walk to the bus stop and ride the bus to get an errand done across town. Get a partner. Exercising with someone else can make it more fun. Walk with a co-worker during lunch. Pick someone who is full of energy, fun and with whom you look forward to spending time. Then you’ll want to exercise just to be with your friend. Vary your routine. Every day mix up your daily exercise routine, you may be less likely to get bored or injured if you change your routine. Walk one day. Bicycle the next. Consider activities like skiing and snowshoeing or chores like shoveling snow or chopping wood.Make exercise a habit. Stick to a regular time every day. Put “exercise appointments” on your calendar. Keep a daily log or diary of your exercise activities. Check your progress to see if your physical activities have become faster or easier than when you began exercising. Think about joining Glenwood’s Community Center or one of their fitness classes – sometimes this gives people an incentive to exercise regularly. Bring your body up to speed. Get your heart pumping at least three times a week for at least 20 minutes a session. This will raise your heart rate and increase your vitality while you build cardiovascular health through aerobic exercise. Try different sports that use your big muscle groups (thighs, legs and upper back), such as jogging, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dance aerobics. Don’t get discouraged. When starting out exercising it is crucial that you enjoy what you are doing, this will help keep you motivated. Also, if you’re exercising, you may be replacing fat with muscle, so don’t be upset if it takes a couple of weeks or months before you have noticeable changes with your body. Forget “no pain, no gain.” Pain is not required for a successful workout. Pay attention to your body. Stop exercising if you feel very out of breath, dizzy, faint, nauseous or if you have pain. While a little soreness is normal after you first start exercising, pain isn’t. Stop if you hurt. Make exercise fun. Choose to be active. All that counts is that you are moving. Read, listen to music or watch TV while riding a stationary bicycle or treadmill. Go skiing or snowshoeing at Sunlight Ski Resort, ice skate at Glenwood’s Community Center, bike the Rio Grande Trail or snowmobile the Flat Top mountains. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health – why not make it a habit? Get motivated today. Regular fitness helps you maintain a healthy weight, relieves stress, promotes better sleep, and improves your concentration, productivity and mood. It is never too late to form healthy habits and increase the quality of life in Glenwood Springs.

Donegan Road: The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western will be constructing retaining walls on the north side of Donegan Road, between Fairview Road and Vista Drive. The road will remain open to through traffic. Flaggers will be on site with slight delays due to equipment working on the north shoulder. Use caution when driving or walking in this area.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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