Tips for sticking with your exercise routine

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


So you’ve set up an exercise routine for yourself but you’re having trouble making it stick. It happens. Exercise has lots of benefits, but there are plenty of things that can get in the way of a workout, like time, energy, or motivation.  Luckily, there are ways you can help yourself stick with it. Here are 6 tips that can help you stay on track with your exercise routine.

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Get moving at the office

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


Spending long periods of time at your desk is hard on your body and your mind.  Sitting is tough on your lower back and hips, and keeping your brain focused and alert takes a lot of energy (especially if you’re stressed). As a result, it is very important to give yourself breaks throughout the work day.  Moving around, even little amounts at a time, helps your blood get flowing, re-energizes you, and gives you a natural ‘pick-me-up’.

Despite all the benefits, it can be hard to make movement a part of your workday, especially when you work in an open office or a high-intensity environment.  Disappearing for an hour during the day to grab a workout isn’t in the cards for everyone, but there are easy ways to work movement into your busy workday.

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Getting started with exercise

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


We all know exercise is good for us. It can help with weight loss, lowering blood pressure, managing blood glucose, stress management, and sleep quality (to name just a few benefits!).  Certain types of exercise can even prevent osteoporosis and other joint and muscle issues.

Understanding the benefits of exercise, however, doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to get moving. Exercise is highly personal, and it can be extremely intimidating to put yourself out there and start getting fit. It’s even harder if you’re surrounded by other people that don’t exercise either.

Luckily, we’ve put together a few straightforward tips and tricks to help you get going.

 

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Fuel for The Active Body

Firstly, to get the most of this blog you need to be sure you understand the basics of nutrition.  I encourage you to re-visit my previous blogs on basics of nutrition, sugar, and fats and the Q&A on high protein diets.  For the most part, the same basic nutrition principles apply to those who do high levels of activity and athletes. Eat a varied diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein.  If you do this, you should meet the daily recommendations for all your macro and micronutrients.

In this blog, I will run through some of the principles of exercise metabolism and how this impacts nutritional needs.  I want you to better understand what is fuelling your body during exercise (mainly carbs!).  I will then go through how you can assess your own nutritional needs based on your activity.

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