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After a Break in Exercising - Starting Again
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • Posted March 7, 2012

Has it been awhile since you’ve exercised? Life can get in the way of your physical activity routine. Whether it’s a vacation, illness, or other commitment that interrupted your exercise schedule, you can start again and be successful.

I’ve noticed that the attendance at the Zumba classes in Mason have had a decline beginning at Thanksgiving. If you don’t know what Zumba is- you need to check it out! It’s a super fun dance exercise class that is offered at several of the local churches as a part of their ministries, FREE of charge!! You can start slow and work up to “full speed”, or just stay slow- all that matters is that you’re moving! The instructors are wonderful gals that donate their time to help keep us all healthier. Here is the schedule in case you’d like to come check it out:

MON – 5:30 p.m. (St. Paul Lutheran Church-Zumba)

T/TH – 10 a.m. – First United Methodist Church (Zumba Gold)

T/TH – 4:30 p.m. – River of Life Church (Zumba) *Women Only

FRI – 9:15 a.m. – First United Methodist Church (Zumba Gold Toning)

**Please note that classes scheduled at the Methodist Church are currently being held at St. Paul Lutheran due to construction in the Methodist Church kitchen.

I know Ann Scarth, Wesley Nurse, conducts a walking program through the Methodist Church, and Sara Banta, Lutheran Church Parish Nurse, has exercise classes as well. There is even a weekly “Yogalates” class taught by Deborah Hoffman. We are VERY blessed to have so many opportunities to exercise together!!!

When a friend fell and broke his leg last year, he was forced to take an extended break from his exercise routine. Once his leg healed and his doctor gave him the all-clear to start exercising again, he made sure to start slowly. “Sometimes I felt discouraged, remembering the jogs I used to enjoy before my fall. But I reminded myself that the only way to get back there was to keep working at it. Now, after several months of gradually longer and faster walks, I’ve started adding a few minutes of jogging. Soon, I’ll be back to jogging for a full half hour at a time!”

If you’ve stopped your exercise routine, here are some tips to help you start again:

* Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just try to get back to your activities as soon as possible.

* Think about the reasons you started exercising and how much you’ve already accomplished.

* Start again at a comfortable level and gradually build back up.

* Try an activity you’ve never done before.

* Believe in yourself!The next time a break in your routine occurs, try these strategies to help you stick with your physical activity plan:

* When you’re on vacation, get out and see the sights on foot or visit the hotel fitness center.

* Caring for an ill spouse or parent can understandably interrupt your exercise routine. Ask a friend to help out for a while so you can go for a brisk walk.

* Hip surgery can affect the types of exercise you do. Talk to your doctor about the best activities for you to try.

* Be flexible and creative. If your grandchildren come for a visit, reschedule your exercise for their nap time or, better yet, take them with you on a walk.

For more tips on adding exercise and physical activity to your daily life, visit the Go4Life website at

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