Contributed by Alexandra Kruzel
It's that time again! The New Year means a New YOU, so why not start by getting yourself physically and mentally healthy? Here are some exercise tips and resources to help you stick with your New Years resolution and improve the new you in 2014:
Do what you enjoy!
You are more likely to continue with your exercise program if you are having fun. (Run, swim, bike, row, play a game of racquetball....)
Find an exercise buddy.
You will keep each other motivated and committed to working out. You can also get creative with partner exercises to switch up your workout.
Take advantage of what Simmons has to offer!
The Holmes Sports Center LEAP Program and FIT @ Simmons offer multiple classes (some of which are FREE!). Check out the classes available to you at http://athletics.simmons.edu/leap/Leap_Spring_Schedule_Sheet1.pdf and http://www.simmons.edu/campuslife/wellness/healthed/fit/weekly-events.php
Don't be afraid to try new things.
Going to the gym or participating in new classes might seems scary if you aren't used to it, but don't be afraid.
Track Your Progress
Exercising to reach a goal makes it all the more exciting. Set a goal such as calories burned, steps taken in a day, amount of time to complete a mile... the options are endless.
Apps are great way to track your exercise and food intake. Try My Fitness Pal, or the Nike App!
The American Heart Association recommends:
At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150
At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75; or a combination of the two
Moderate to high intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 or more days per week for additional health benefits.