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Healthy Strategies for Getting Active

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Exercise is a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle, and after having weight loss surgery you will be encouraged to become more active every day so that you can burn calories and build muscle. There are a lot of different ways that you can become more active. The best workout for one person may not necessarily be the best workout option for someone else.

When finding ways to become more active, remember that the most important factor determining how successful your workout will be is whether or not you keep up with it. If you don’t like the workout and you spend your entire day dreading the hour when you’ll have to go to the gym or head out for your run, then you are more likely to find excuses to not workout and a lot less likely to keep up with your workout goals.

To Get Motivated, Get Creative

The trick to being more active is to find activities that you enjoy. To do this, think outside of the box (and most certainly outside of the gym).

Here are a few ideas to help jumpstart your exercise habits:

  • Find a non-competitive community league, like a kickball or softball league, and get involved with other people who are looking to become more active.
  • Join a walking club and get together with community members or coworkers to walk a couple of miles several times a week.
  • When the weather is right, get outside and start a garden. This is a great way to invest in your home as well as your health.
  • Use your competitive spirit to challenge friends and coworkers to walk more daily by counting your daily steps with a pedometer. There are plenty of phone apps you can use to track your steps and compare results, as well.

Set yourself up for success by investing in your workout from day one. Make sure that you have sneakers to wear, the right clothing to workout in, and a water bottle to help you stay hydrated.

Living an active lifestyle means more than working out for 30 minutes every day. To truly be an active person, physical activity needs to become a staple of your way of living. So aside from your daily workout, try taking on little healthy habits like standing more often than you sit, finding excuses to walk around more while you are at work, and adjusting how you spend your free time to mean fewer hours in front of the TV and more hours outside and on your feet.