“I saw the sun and it opened up my eyes I saw the sun”

It is beautiful outside and it is time to get out and enjoy it. What better way than to be able to accomplish two things at once. Exercising outside allows you to soak up Vitamin D as well as getting a workout to improve your health. It is much cheaper to prevent diseases than to treat them. It only takes 30 minutes a day and you will feel happier, more motivated by what you accomplished. In addition, did you know that exercising on a regular basis decreases your chances of getting sick? Yep, it is true my friend.

Here are a few tips about exercising:

Sign up for a race- When you have workout goals it is easier to stay motivated. In addition, it gives you something to accomplish. Here is a quote by Kendra Wenzel, “Competition pushes people further than what they think they can do, and makes them work out more diligently and consistently.”

Run- Running is a cheap exercise. All you need is a pair of shoes and then you can run a trail or run around a park. Many people like running where there are others around. Choosing a park is a good motivator.

Know your limits- It is easy to get gung-ho and try to do too much too soon. If you have never ran then you do not want to try to run 10 miles. Start with 1 mile and then increase your distance. If you try to run 10 miles initially, you increase your risk of injury. If you try to run 1 mile and it is too much, you should stop. It is important to know the difference between muscle soreness, muscle fatigue, and pain. If you feel a sharp pain then you need to stop and let your body rest. It is important to push your body to its limits but it is crucial to know your limits.

Circuit Training- It is a high intensity workout, which allows you to burn more calories in a shorter period of time. Also strengthening your largest muscles will burn the most amount of calories and build lean muscles, which will increase your metabolism.

Copyright © 2012. Integrated Health Systems. All rights reserved. Jodie is the therapy assistant and a personal trainer for Integrated Health Systems. You can contact Jodie at Jodie@integratedhealthdenver.com . If you are struggling with your health and want to learn more, visit our website at www.integratedhealthdenver.com