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Exercising in the New Year

Do you have a gym membership that has been sitting idle? You have good intentions of going but haven’t darkened the door in more than a year or two? You aren’t alone. Many people lose their motivation to exercise because they set unrealistic expectations.

Now, as a new year gets underway is the time to do something about it. Much like you declutter your house, declutter your exercise routine and bad eating habits.

Put together a plan for the new year to eat better – more fruits and veggies, fewer treats, sugar, salt, processed foods, and soft drinks….more water. And add in a side helping of exercise. Doctors recommend 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week. According to NPR, this amount of exercise can help ward off things like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even some cancers.

Have you contemplated running in this year’s Hattiesburg Half in April, joining a Hattiesburg Park & Rec League pickle ball team, heading to the gym before or after work? Any and all of these are a start. A consistent workout schedule and achievable goals will help get you in a routine that will keep you motivated. Fresh air will also help you feel and sleep better, as well as keep your head clear.

Exercise is also a good stress reliever as well as a good mental health tool. You can exercise as a family, partner with a friend, co-worker, or monitor your steps during a day of shopping with your daughter and her friends.

Is it too cold to get out and walk/run the neighbor or head to the gym? If so, pull the week’s worth of clothes off the treadmill and get on it, or use an app on your phone to get moving.

NPR says you don’t have to be a marathoner or a gym rat to get meaningful benefits from exercise. And yes, walking absolutely counts. Walking is a form of low impact, moderate intensity exercise that has a range of health benefits and few risks. As a result, the CDC recommends that most adults aim for 10,000 steps per day. For most people, this is the equivalent of about 5 miles.

But before you get to exercising, you need to make sure you have the proper clothing, shoes, and nourishment to get your body moving in the right direction. Your footwear is the most important piece of exercise gear you’ll need. A proper fitted

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