• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Exercising for everyday life

December 26, 2016

a close-up of a smiling grandfather and granddaughter, outdoors on a sunny day, with her riding on his shoulders

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Wild rice mushroom soup
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HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Need motivation to exercise? Try a diary
Thinking of starting a workout program in the new year? Good for you! Record your efforts to track progress toward your goals. After each workout, record the date, your activity (e.g., swimming, lifting weights, volleyball, etc.), how long you exercised, and how you felt afterward. Having a chronicle of your improvement can be a great source of motivation.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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