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Wellness coaching tip: Keep it simple

Jul. 17, 2014, 5:09 PM

(Vanderbilt University)

Some people think physical activity is too complicated — going to the gym, navigating unfamiliar equipment and knowing how many sets or reps to do is more trouble than it’s worth. If this is you, then here’s some advice: Keep it simple.

Exercise doesn’t mean lifting the weight of a car, running a marathon, or turning yourself into a pretzel! It is important to stick to what you enjoy. Take a walk, play a sport you like, or do the weight exercises you are comfortable with.

The CDC recommends that adults get 150 minutes of physical activity each week. You can get that in any way that works for you. Use the power of social support to help increase your activity. Walking groups, recreational sports teams and group classes are great ways to get active with others.

A great opportunity for physical activity here at Vanderbilt is the Start! Walking Program, which includes group walks. If you can’t attend the scheduled walks, consider starting your own walking group.

Health Plus offers wellness coaching to Vanderbilt faculty and staff. For more information, contact (615) 343-8943.