The official blog of the Lung Institute.
So, you’ve resolved to get in shape and exercise more this year. But when you actually stop and think about the commitment you’ve made, tons of frightening questions enter your mind: Will I have enough time to work out? What if I don’t know how to use machines at the gym? Starting a new exercise regimen can be intimidating to say the least, but we’re here to share some tips and tricks to help you make that resolution stick. We’ve consulted our resident fitness expert, Elyse, to lead us in the right direction.
The level of personal dedication plays a huge role when trying to stay committed to an active lifestyle. Being proactive and investing in a personal trainer or joining a group fitness class can give you the motivation you’re looking for. If you join a gym, have one of the staff members show you how to use the different machines to make sure you are doing them correctly. Usually, a gym will give you one free training session when you first join as well. If you don’t have the time or the funds needed for personal training or fitness classes, simply find yourself a workout partner and hold each other accountable. Make a plan! Even if it’s only taking a walk some days, any kind of movement will make a difference.
If you claim you don’t have time to exercise, just take a step back and ask yourself this: Do you have time to watch a half hour of TV after work each evening? Chances are that you do (probably an hour in most cases). Swap watching your favorite sitcom for a half hour of exercise. And the best part is: you can even watch TV while you’re working out or doing breathing exercises. (the joys of multitasking). Making time for working out is imperative; you must be dedicated because it will benefit your overall health in the long run.
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, Elyse recommends exercising three to five days per week. If you’re new to working out, it would be best to start out slow and work out three days a week. Set small, but realistic goals for yourself and reward yourself when you reach a new milestone. This method will definitely help you achieve your goals and surprise yourself with the progress you’ll make.
Although you may get discouraged at times, the most important thing to keep in mind is that getting in shape and seeing results won’t happen overnight. Just don’t give up, and remember even if you don’t see progress every single day, you are getting healthier overall and results will show as long as you’re persistent! You’re well on your way to living a healthier and happier life!
When you have a lung disease, you may feel unable to participate in exercise because breathing can be a struggle. Don’t worry! There are exercises for everyone and by consulting a physician and a personal trainer, you can create a workout routine that works best for you and allows you to receive the maximum health benefits without overexerting yourself.
If you or someone you love suffers from a debilitating chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) or interstitial lung disease, you may think that a life that includes daily exercise is out of reach. Fortunately, that life can be yours with stem cell therapy from the For more information, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065.