Move Smart! Keep walking instead of hibernating

Overcast skies, more snow and rain in the forecast. Staying motivated during the long dull weeks ahead can be a challenge. So how do you overcome the urge to crawl under the covers or grab the TV remote? Maybe one or two of these tips will do the trick.

  • Set a goal. You did it before, you can do it again. Your pedometer is a great tool for this so make sure you wear it from morning till night.
  • Remember what got you started and embrace that energy again.
  • Grab a buddy, someone who will spur you on, and in turn, you can encourage them.
  • Exercise outside when the sun is shining. The natural sunlight can be a great motivator.
  • Try journaling. Seeing what progress you made, or haven’t made, just might get you up and going.
  • Change up your routine, or find a new one. Your local library has lots of exercise DVDs or maybe your community center has a drop-in zumba or yoga class you always wanted to try.
  • Be nice to yourself. Getting out and exercising when you don’t want to is hard, so reward yourself.
  • Set up a regular time and stick to it. You can get through anything if you know when it will end.
  • Break down your walks to 10 minutes segments (about 1,000 steps) throughout the day. Before you know it you will have reached your goal.

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