You know you want to get into “better” shape, but what does that mean, exactly? In order to reach any goal, you must be able to accurately describe it. Then, you need a workout plan that is specific and measurable. This spring, the following five goals can help you reach your fitness goals. And best of all, they’re very attainable for most people.
Walk 30 minutes per day, five days per week. Set a timer, turn on some music, and get going. This simple goal meets the American Heart Association’s target of two and one-half hours of exercise each week, to protect your heart and ward off weight gain.
If you’re following a weight loss plan, aim to lose one pound per week. If this is your primary motivation for your walking program, aiming to lose one pound per week is a good and healthy measure of progress. And, losing weight slowly increases your odds of successfully preventing its return later on.
Redesign your route. If your walk has gotten boring, grab a map. Choose a new route that feels a bit more adventurous and challenging. Include some hills if you want to increase your calorie burn.
Try a new type of walking. Power walking or Nordic walking can shake up your routine if it feels stale. Plus, you can burn more calories and increase your cardiovascular endurance.
Sign up for a charity walk. Walking for yourself is great, but why not put your effort toward another cause, too? Sometimes, knowing that you’re training for an event to help others provides just the motivation you need.
These ideas can help you to reinvigorate a stale workout regimen. But if you need more help designing an overall weight loss plan, particularly the nutrition portion of your strategy, please call us to schedule an appointment.