#5 MGM: Get Active

MGM Get Active

Part of living a healthy lifestyle involves being active as well. Now I am not saying you need to be training for a marathon or triathlon to be active. Any additional exercise outside of your daily movements contributes to being active. Which leads us into this week’s Mighty Goal Monday: Get Active!

My challenge for you this week is to get active by working out at least 3 times this week for at least 30 minutes.

Why it is Important to Get Active

It is no-brainer that getting active can help improve your overall health. (It wouldn’t be a common recommendation if it didn’t.) By starting to become active or maintaining a regular exercise routine, you not only are working towards your fitness goal but there are also other great benefits to working out.

Mood Booster

When you workout, your brain release chemicals that help you destress and decrease your anxiety, which ultimately will help increase your happiness. So even if you do not feel like working out because of your high-stress levels, use that as your motivation to help relieve your stress.

Confidence Booster

As you get more active you will start to increase your strength and endurance. Knowing that you are making progress is definitely a confidence booster! Everyone loves that feeling of knowing they are improving and wanting to show it off to the world.

Improves your Creativity

Have you ever been on a long hike and think of the next big idea? When you are working out regularly you start to generate new ideas in your brain more easily. Honestly, half my ideas for Nutrition in Chaos are thought of when I am working out.

Getting Active & Weight Loss

Diet and Exercise go together like peanut butter & jelly. Without one of the two, you don’t get the best sandwich, same goes for diet and exercise. You can have a really good diet but not be active or you can be really active with a bad diet but still not see the results you want to see. So to see the results you want to see, you want to have a good diet and a regular workout routine.

Ways to Get Active

There are so many different ways to get active and you do not have to stick to one exercise. It is actually better if you switch up your workouts so you start working different muscles. When it comes to working out it is important to make sure you get your heart rate up to see the benefits.

Cardio

Running is not the only cardio that exists so don’t panic that I am telling you that you have to run as your exercise. If running is not your calling, try walking at a brisk pace to increase your heart rate. Especially with the beautiful nature changes during the fall season, getting outside for walks or hikes is a must! Biking and swimming are other great ways to get your cardio in.

Strength Training

Many people believe that if they strength training they are going to get big and bulky like the Hulk. However, this is never the case unless you are training an excessive amount. Not only are you building muscle when you strength train but you start to burn more calories. Who doesn’t want to be healthy & strong!

HIIT

High-Intensity Interval Training Workouts are a great way to rev up your exercises by completing short but intense workouts. HIIT workouts are also proven to help burn more calories after your workout has been completed compared to other forms of exercise.  I love HIIT workouts when I am pressed for time and most of the time I sweat more during these workouts then a 30-minute run.

My favorite workout Apps

Active by Popsugar – This is a great app to find workouts targeting a specific area. Having the app on my phone makes it easy to bring it to the gym and follow along with the guides that you can download to your phone. {They also have great HIIT routines to try!}

Nike+ Training Club – If you are the type of person that needs set workout schedule this is my go-to app! I am all about creating schedules and making sure my life isn’t overbooked. Nike+ Training Club allows you to create a workout plan with your goal in mind. It asks you basic questions and then creates a workout routine with all their workouts. I never have to go searching for a workout to follow because they always provide the correct workout for the day.

Share your progress

Do not forget to share your achievements, tips, and/or comments with me and the #MightyGoalMonday community. It is much easier to accomplish goals when you have others completing the same goals.

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#4 MGM Recap – Increasing your water intake

Do you feel like you are going to float away with all the water you drank this week?! I hope you were able to increase your water intake and feel comfortable with the amount you are drinking. Feeling bloated is never fun and that is why it can be best to gradually increase your water intake if that is the case. Especially when it comes to working out, it is important to maintain good hydration.

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11 thoughts on “#5 MGM: Get Active

  1. Cara says:

    Great post, there are so many ways to get active! As a runner I’ll always love heading out the door for any distance but I’ve started adding in body weight circuits and more strength training to mix it up. Love it!

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