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Start an Exercise Program to Improve Your Fitness and Memory

At Memory Spring we promote an integrated approach to memory improvement and brain health that includes Physical, Organizational, Technical, and Mental Emotional elements.  One of the components in the Physical element is regular exercise.  There’s significant research and data that supports the importance of regular exercise to improving your memory and brain health.  
If you haven’t already, it’s time to start an exercise program. Here are some tips from Web MD and Tonya Gutch (senior personal trainer at the Cooper Fitness Center) at starting an exercise program that you’ll stick to:
1. Set Specific, Manageable Goals. For example, plan to exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week. And remember to track your progress by writing it down. 
2. Use a Variety of Daily Reminders. Remember to schedule your exercise sessions on your calendar like any other appointment. Also make sure you have your exercise equipment in the car, or leave your walking shoes by the door to remind you to get moving. 
3. Set Up a Non-Food Reward System. To reward yourself when you accomplish one of your fitness goals - such as staying on track with your exercise for a full week or month -- treat yourself to a movie, massage, or special event. 
4. Invest in a Good Pair of Workout Shoes. You want to find shoes with good cushioning and arch support and feel so good that you'll look forward to putting them on. Talk to sales associates at sports stores for help in choosing the right ones. 
5. Find a Buddy, a Class, or a Group. "Humans desire companionship," says Gutch. When someone is depending on you and striving for the same goals, this helps motivate you. Not only that, it just makes exercise more fun, Gutch says. 
6. Start Slowly. Most people try to do too much when they start exercising, says Gutch. It's OK to break up your exercise into segments throughout the day. "Even small quantities of exercise and activity add up to big benefits," says Gutch. She suggests beginning with 10-15 minute chunks of activity, several times daily. Just fit it in whenever you can. 
7. Just Walk. Walking is one of the easiest ways to work exercise into your daily routine.  Using a pedometer can help you measure your walking. Then you can set daily, weekly, and monthly goals.  Remember to start slowly and work your way up over time. 
8. Get Back to Basics. You don’t need you need much to build an exercise program.  Most new generation fitness training is moving away from elaborate exercise machines. Fitness trainers are going back to basic equipment like medicine balls, free weights, Swiss balls, and kettle bells. 
9. Use Multiple Muscle Groups. Doing exercises that use multiple muscle groups will save you significant time and also help you burn significant amounts of calories.  
10. Use Whatever Gets You Going. We all need things to get us going.  Some people need their mp3 player or iPod to get them cranked up while others just love being outdoors. Some people love looking in the mirror when they’re working out. The point is, use whatever gets you going. 
Take action now on integrating an exercise program into your daily life.  You’ll feel better and remember more. For more information on improving your memory and brain health contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..