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Make it a Habit: Mix it Up

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

At the Y, we believe anyone can establish healthy habits. But it takes patience, practice and the proper support to make it happen. That’s why we’re here! Whether you’re looking to get back in shape after a little hiatus—or starting from scratch on a wellness plan—look to the Y for the guidance you need to turn those New Year's resolutions into an everyday reality.

To keep you moving every week, we’re rolling out five tried and true healthy habit-forming tips recommended by our wellness experts.

5. Mix it up

Variety is the spice of life—and the same is true of exercise. Doing something different every day does more than keep things interesting; it prevents injury and leads to better results.

Those just getting started can create variety by beginning with 10-15 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (like walking or running) a few times a week. Shoot for a long-term goal of 30 minutes per session, but allow yourself as much time as you need to get there. On the off days, give your heart a rest and focus on building muscle with weights comfortable enough to lift at least 8-10 times in a row.

Open to group exercise? Try a spin class one day and yoga the next; you’ll work different muscle groups, provide rest to the areas of your body that need it, and ensure your body continues adapting. Explore the full list of class offerings here.

Looking for some one-on-one help? Sign up for a free wellness consultation that includes a customizable beginner workout plan, an equipment orientation and a digital fitness assessment.


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