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Tuesday, March 3

Runaway Train (Trish Murphy)

Tiny Steps Tuesday : Aerobic Exercise

This change probably comes as no surprise to you.  Aerobic exercise :
  • improves stamina and energy levels during the day 
  • helps you sleep soundly at night 
  • helps to manage stress
  • improves your mood
  • helps with weight maintenance
  • helps to ward off disease
Aerobics doesn't have to mean 1980's workouts in the gym.  Pick something that you enjoy - anything, as long as it gets your heart pumping.  If it's convenient, you're going to be more likely to keep it up.  Personally, I pick running.  It requires minimal equipment (good shoes & socks) and can be done anywhere!

Start slow, and keep an eye on your heart rate.  You could do this with a heart monitor, but the talk test is easier and cheaper.  If you're too out of breath to speak, then you're overexerting yourself.  If you can converse without any change in breathing, you're not working hard enough.  Easy!
If you're running alone, feel free to talk to the air around you, if you want to do the talk test.  Staying motivated when you're alone, however, can be a different story.  A music player is probably your best bet...  Can't get out of the house, or just want something different?  There are dozens of dvd-directed exercise programs.  We found five of our favorite ones - all with very different styles!  Find one that you like - having fun will keep you motivated!

Finally, if you need more convincing :  due to its ability to improve body image, energy, self-esteem and overall fitness, regular exercise is linked to better sex...    While you think that over, try some wine aerobics for a moment!

Pick Your Poison!

Take it to the Next Level

Already working out?  Decrease your sitting time with a standing desk.  The less time you spend sitting, the more time your metabolism stays revved up!  We got this one last year, and absolutely love it!!

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