July 15, 2014
Summer can help rejuvenate your efforts to become more active. Here are five easy steps to develop a solid, sustainable plan for your exercise.
1) Find the right activity for you
Summertime provides sunny days that make many want to get outside. Walking, hiking, biking, skipping rope, gardening and outdoor calisthenics are all great summer activities. It may be a great idea to swim outside, but warmer weather makes it much more appealing to jump into an indoor pool. You may want to consider joining a community baseball, softball, kickball, or other team activity that interests you. Community activities are a fun way to meet new people and increase your activity.
2) Set a realistic goal that fits into your life
Setting realistic goals is an important factor in coming up with a sustainable summer exercise plan. Establishing goals that fit into your life, while taking into account the things that you love, makes exercise much more enjoyable and sustainable. You may notice that your goals change over time as you find activities that work best for you.
3) Set up a support system
A support system can be a very important aspect to your exercise and nutrition plan. Having a friend or family member that is part of your healthy routine makes both exercise and healthy eating more enjoyable and helps keep you on track. There are also many groups that can be found locally or online that connect you to people with similar interests. Many communities have local biking, hiking, swimming, running and rock climbing groups.
4) Establish a routine with a fall back plan
Exercise must be a solid part of your weekly routine that is flexible enough to work when things don’t go as planned. Summer weather is beautiful and can change very quickly. Have a fall back plan on days when storms or hotter weather make your outdoor plans less appealing.
5) Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet gives your body the nutrients it needs to be more active. Before working out, eat foods that are high in carbohydrates and protein, and lower in fat. Eat a healthy breakfast along with multiple small meals throughout the day. A healthy diet will provide a steady supply of energy to live each day to the fullest.
It is highly recommended that you consult with your physician or health care provider before beginning or changing an exercise program.
If you would like help with reaching your fitness goals, a Living Well Together Health Coach is a health care professional who partners with you to transform your health goals into action. Your Health Coach will provide guidance, support and resources to help you overcome obstacles that may be keeping you from realizing optimal health.
How does health coaching work?
- You talk with your Health Coach over the telephone through conveniently scheduled appointments and create a plan that is right for you to meet your health goals. Everything in the program is tailored to you.
- You explore ways to make changes in your behavior that will last.
- You receive written materials from your Health Coach that can help you decide where you want to go with your health and how to get there.
- Appointments can range from 15 minutes to an hour. How long and how often you meet with your Health Coach depends on your individual needs.
To enroll in any of the Living Well Together programs, contact a Health Coach at 855-406-5122 or 479-973-7168. Coaches are available Monday through Thursday from 8am–10pm EST and Friday from 8am–6pm EST. You may also enroll online at http://enroll.trestletree.com (passcode: FSBP).