Laura's Corner - December 2013

Laura Greenfield 
Laura Greenfield

JCCSF Fitness &
Community Wellness Manager
 
Consistency Is Key 
Working out consistently is important for achieving positive results. When you work out regularly, you improve both your physical and mental health. 

Consistency & Physical Health 
Exercising sporadically does little to improve cardiac health or strength and can leave you sore or injured. Even moderate levels of exercise, done consistently, have been shown to provide far better results than the weekend warrior approach. For example, exercising moderately for 30 minutes three times a week is more effective than running five miles once a week. (And if you get injured from your overly ambitious run, you are out of the game for at least a few weeks.)

Consistency & Mental Health
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that enhance your mood and reduce stress. You have probably experienced this after a good run or workout. Consistent exercise helps keep those endorphins flowing. You might have noticed that when you go for days or weeks without exercising, your energy level decreases and your good mood starts to fade.

Achieving Consistency
First, choose types of exercise to which you can commit. Be honest with yourself – if you choose activities that sound noble but are not your cup of tea, you will avoid them. Then try to mix things up. Diverse workouts keep you interested and challenge your mind and body. Working out with a partner or in a group can also help you stay on track. Our small-group training classes begin in January and are a great way to set – and commit to – consistent workouts. Remember, it takes about three weeks to set a habit, so make a commitment to get started and see if you can build on it. Once exercise becomes a habit, you miss it when you skip it.