Two Week Jumpstart to Fitness – at Home
By Kim Watters,
Part of what jumpstarts our guests into fitness after a stay at Red Mountain Resort is a new found passion. We guide our guests towards new adventures on a daily basis. Often they will come from stressful or boring situations from their daily life, and begin to experience fun and excitement in a beautiful and relaxing environment.
By getting away from the old routine they are free to sample new activities and along their path find something they love to do and passion gets them motivated to do more and to continue at home. So, my suggestion is to find an activity to feel passionate about – at Red Mountain or at home.
First look for activities in your area that are new to you, or just plain fun:
belly dancing, pickle ball, salsa classes, hiking in unfamiliar areas, Tai Chi, water aerobics, swim lessons, rock climbing, Yoga, swing dancing, Pilates, kick ball with your kids or as a group of adults. The list goes on and on.
Or just google "Fun Activities for Exercise" and you will find a plethora of great ideas.
Second, choose a different activity to do 3-5 days a week for two weeks.
Next, narrow it down to activities you really enjoy, and can feel passionate about.
Move your body (cardiovascularly) 3-5 times a week for 20-60 minutes for optimal health benefits. If you are de-conditioned, workout for 20 minutes if you are able. Then increase your time when possible, up to 60 minutes. Remember, you won’t stick with it, if you aren’t having fun.
For strength conditioning, a general rule is to try to reach fatigue (get the muscles tired) within 8-12 repetitions and to work all major muscles for a balanced workout.