In my last post I talked about the benefits of exercise for women, particularly after menopause. What next? You know you should exercise, but just how do you begin?
The key is to create a personalized exercise program that you can adapt to your lifestyle. This is one of the things Focus Health Coach can help you with. I’ll help you put together an exercise regimen you can stick with and enjoy, even if you’ve never exercised in your life.
It is possible to enjoy, even love to exercise! You just have to discover what you like to do, and create a plan that keeps it fun and fresh. Not every woman is going to enjoy the same exercise, and I never recommend the same plan for everyone. After all, one woman may enjoy dancing to Zumba; another may like to hit the pavement for a jog. A third discovers she enjoys weight training, and a fourth realizes a renewed passion for the tennis she played in college.
When you start an exercise routine, it’s very important that you chart your activity and your progress. Focus Health Coach has a variety of wonderful, easy to use online tools to help you track your progress.
For example, you’ll want to track the days on which you exercise, the activity, and how long you exercise for each time. If you know you are responsible for writing all this down, you’re more likely to stick with your activity commitments. You’ll soon discover what a great feeling it is to complete your day’s exercise and post it on your exercise tracker as proof of your commitment to good health.
Tracking your exercise becomes even more powerful in conjunction with our other online tools: the nutrition and mood trackers. By tracking not only when and how much you exercise, but your food intake and your moods during the same time period, you can learn how each one influences the others, and the affect that exercise, nutrition and mood have on your overall health.
For example, you may learn that your mood significantly improves on the day after you hit the gym, or that you’re more likely to overeat at night on the days when you don’t work out. All this valuable information helps us to fine tune your overall health program to prevent backslides. Unless we’re charting all your activities, it may be difficult to see what’s really going on with you.
Remember, regardless of what exercise routine you choose, the important thing is, as Nike says, to Just Do It! Not sure what exercise makes sense for you? Let’s find out together!