TRAINING DAY

According to recent statistics, less than 10 percent of the U.S. population belongs to a health club of any kind. Of that 10 percent, very few work out on a regular basis. Believe it or not, it is more beneficial to work out 30 to 40 minutes, two or three times per week, all year long, than to work out two hours, seven days per week for six weeks and then stop. Here are several ways to ensure regularity and consistency throughout the year.

1. Try to find a reliable workout partner, someone with similar goals and schedules.
2. Train early. Any time is a good time, but there are more distractions as the day progresses such as weather, work, illness, kids, etc. These distractions can cause one to miss workouts.
3. Put your exercise clothes by your bed the night before. Not only will this be a gentle reminder, it will make it convenient.
4. Set your alarm clock. Most people don’t look forward to waking up early in the morning, but few regret it after they have finished their workout.
5. Write it down. Monday — Cardio, 7 a.m.; Tuesday — Weights (chest and shoulders), 7 a.m.; etc. Jot down your schedule in your day-timer and it will become a priority.
6. Eat a healthy meal. That’s right! Eat a healthy meal. Good habits create more good habits.

— LARRY NORTH