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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Workout Routine

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Since 1995, the first full week of April has been declared National Public Health Week. It’s a chance for communities across the country to focus on promoting health and wellness.

So we’ve decided to contribute to that by letting you know about a ways you can get healthy or healthier. Personal trainer Jodi Sussner from Snap Fitness gave us tips on how to get started and get the most out of your workout.

Studies show that physical inactivity costs the United States as much as $75 billion a year, so we know it’s critically important to get people moving in a way they feel comfortable and not intimidated. But it doesn’t have to be all or none, which is a way of thinking that a lot of people have who aren’t typically active.

You don’t have to do high intensity workouts every day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Really, it’s all about consistency. Sussner said that starts with getting active, staying active, making it a part of your lifestyle and finding something that’s fun for you to do that’s also exercise.

If you’re a beginner, Sussner said start slowly and find a workout buddy who will keep you accountable. She also passed along three tips for getting the most out of your workout.

1. Have Balance: Do high intensity, plus light training like yoga or walking.

2. Think like a trainer: Vary your workout and work different muscle groups each day.

3. Eat after a workout: You need to refuel with a carbohydrate and protein, like a chesse stick with an apple.

Snap Fitness is offering a free week to those who want to try it out. Head to the Snap Fitness web site and click on the 7-day free week pass.

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