Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fitness Programs - Getting Started

As with all new things, to be successful, you need to begin your new fitness program slowly.  Here are some tips to help keep you on track.

  • Start Slowly and Build up Gradually:  Give yourself plenty of time to warm up and cool down with easy walking or gentle stretching.  Then speed up to a pace you can continue with for five to 10 minutes without getting overly tired.  As your stamina improves, gradually increase the amount of time you exercise.  Work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most day of the week. 
  • Break Things Up if You Need to:  You don't have to do all of your exercise at one time.  Shorter but more frequent sessions have aerobic benefits, too.  Fifteen minutes of exercise a couple of times a day may fit into your schedule better than a single 30-minute session. 
  • Be Creative:  Maybe your workout routine includes various activities, such as walking, bicycling, or rowing.  But don't stop there.  Take a weekend hike with the family or spend an evening dancing.   
  • Listen to Your Body:  If you feel pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or nausea, take a break.  You may be pushing yourself too hard. 
  • Be Flexible:  If you're not feeling good, give yourself permission to take a day or two off.
Above all, the most important thing is to get up and get moving.  Say good-by to that lazy lifestyle that is keeping you from becoming fit.  The more you move, the better you will feel.  Get started today!

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