Getting back in the habit of working out

As a kid, I was deeply involved in team athletic sports. My mom and dad signed me up for soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, softball and basketball. I stayed with these athletic teams throughout school. I eventually joined the track and cross-country teams when I was a junior. I was busy attending practices, games and weekend tournaments. I was decent enough in volleyball to continue competing throughout college. The practices, conditioning and physical expectations at the collegiate level were much higher. I was in peak physical condition. There was no worrying over counting calories. I ate very healthy and maintained a healthy weight. I worked my muscles regularly and was strong and fit. Following graduation, I entered the workforce and my lifestyle changed completely. I was all of a sudden focused on work tasks, overtime and the hope for promotions. For my job, I spend a lot of time at my desk and reading on a laptop monitor. It didn’t take all that long before I put on some extra weight. I started experiencing some aches and pains. I’d get so sore by the conclusion of the day, that I had difficulty sleeping at night. My productivity and mood were negatively affected. I knew that I needed to make some positive changes. I realized that my health and fitness levels needed to become a focus. It wasn’t easy to get going. Setting an alarm so early and forcing myself out of bed in the morning was awful. However, soon after I started working out prior work, I noticed a major improvement in how I felt. I all of a sudden had more energy and was in a happier mind frame. I dropped the extra weight and improved strength as well as stamina. I began sleeping more soundly at night. I now think of my morning workout as a necessary part of my daily routine. It’s just like brushing my teeth or washing my hair. It’s a task that is essential to my well-being.

Workout program