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05 February 2022
Christine Varano, CPT, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, CSUtest.com contributor

One of the biggest reasons people give up on being more physically fit is because they’re doing it for short term gratification. Try to shift that mindset away from just the physical and into other motivators such as mental health or longevity. It can be easier to celebrate the small wins along the way without getting too caught up with a number on the scale.

A little competition is healthy but when it involves comparing yourself to others, it can be counterproductive. Focus on being the best YOU... Not someone else.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) training is a great way to increase your cardio endurance without logging hours running or on an elliptical. Starting out, aim for 20 minutes of high intensity twice a week.

The colder weather may necessitate a longer warm-up for tighter muscles, joints and tendons, especially if you are exercising outside. Tight muscles, tendons and joints can lead to injuries and time off exercise and training, which nobody wants. This means a good warm- up and stretch before your run or walk is a great idea.

Exercise is great for the body because it conditions the heart and strengthens muscles and bones. Exercise is also tied to mental health, as moving the body benefits the mind by releasing endorphins, feel-good chemicals that can reduce depression and anxiety. New research shows exercise can protect your memory as you age, slowing the onset of dementia and boosting your thinking skills.

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