Get Moving in May: National Fitness Month | UHSM

May is National Fitness Month! It’s a time to celebrate the importance of being healthy and staying active. Join people all around the world who are making a conscious effort to become more active and improve their health. This month’s focus on fitness is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of all the benefits of physical activity while encouraging others to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Being physically active regularly is essential for maintaining a healthy mind and body. It can help reduce stress, improve sleep, and boost mood and energy levels while preventing chronic diseases. Incorporating friends and family into your workout can strengthen relationships, build lifelong memories, and keep those close to you healthy.

There are so many ways to get moving and stay active! May is the perfect time to challenge yourself and try new activities. No matter your fitness goals, there is something for everyone at every level. You could take a fitness class, take a walk, or go for a bike ride to get started. You could also try other activities like hiking, swimming, or running. There are lots of ways to begin your fitness journey. Check out these tips for ways to get moving in May:

1.   Choose an activity you enjoy.

When it comes to fitness, it’s important to enjoy what you are doing. If you don’t like the activity, it will be challenging to stay consistent. Disliking your physical activity can also lead to a lack of motivation. Do what works for you. If you get bored, switch it up and try something new. Working out and getting healthy should be fun!

2. Set goals and track your progress.

It’s crucial to set realistic and achievable goals. Start slow and ramp up. Setting achievable goals will keep you on track. Start a workout diary or use an app to track your progress. You can also use your phone to track your daily steps. You can adjust your fitness routine by tracking where you’ve been and where you want to go.

3. Plan your workouts.

Most of us have busy lives and limited time. Setting a specific time aside each day will help incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Showing up for your workout is easier when it’s already on your calendar. Don’t forget to schedule recovery days as well. Prioritizing rest and relaxation in between workouts is necessary.

4. Get support.

Working out alone can be challenging. Having a friend join you will help you stay accountable and consistent. Bringing a buddy along makes it more fun and adds a social element. There are also exercise apps that you can use to become more social. Attending a fitness class is another great way to work out with a group and meet other people with similar health goals.

 5. Reward yourself.

When starting something new, it’s important to celebrate your wins. Be proud of your progress. Book yourself a massage or spa day as a reward. You could also purchase new workout gear. New activewear will also inspire you to stay consistent. Don’t pick something that will derail your fitness journey. Choose a healthy treat to show yourself gratitude.

Whether you are working out alone or in a group, trying a new class, or starting your fitness journey from home, there are many fun and healthy ways to celebrate this special month. Remember, start small and slow. Set realistic goals and track your progress to help you stay motivated. Get out there and celebrate National Fitness Month by staying active and trying new things. When fitness becomes the focus, we can live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

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