You were surely one of the people who ate everything during the holiday season and now you have a few extra pounds. Don’t worry, there are ways to reduce that weight and regain your figure.
If you haven’t been physically active in a while, you may be wondering how to get back to doing it. Put on your sneakers and find ways to motivate yourself.
These tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can get you started:
- Look for opportunities to reduce the time you are sedentary and increase the time you spend in physical activity. For example, instead of watching TV, go for a walk after dinner.
- Set aside specific times of the day for physical activity as part of your daily or weekly activity schedule.
- It starts with activities, places and times that you enjoy. For example, some people prefer to walk around their neighborhood in the morning, but other people may prefer online classes after work.
- Try activities with members of your household to motivate and encourage each other
- Start gradually to increase the intensity of physical activities. For many people, walking is a good exercise to start with.
- If necessary, distribute the physical activity that you have proposed to do per day in shorter sessions. For example, the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day can be done in three sessions of 10 minutes or two of 15 minutes. Just make sure these short sessions last at least 10 minutes.
According to the CDC, physical activity can make you feel better, function better, and sleep better. Just one session of moderate to vigorous physical activity reduces anxiety. And even short periods of physical activity have benefits.
Being physically active also promotes normal growth and development, improves general health, and can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.