Consult your health care provider before beginning an exercise routine particularly if you have a pre-existing condition. Work closely with your doctor, physical therapist or a personal trainer to develop a program best suited for your needs.
Okay, so maybe you are sold on the idea that exercise really is good for you. Now you are armed with some powerful truth that inspires you to take action. But where do you start?
Remember, if you have a medical condition, it is wise to consult your doctor for guidance. For most of us, however, it is merely a matter of creating a new routine.
Here are 7 practical tips to help you on your exercise journey:
1. Determine your fitness level: Don't start off with a plan to run a marathon when walking around the block leaves you winded. Choose appropriate and realistic activities. You can always build up to more demanding ones.
2. Develop a plan: remember, a goal without a plan is just a dream. It is important that you write down and commit to your goal. You may want to include the location, time, type of activity and any needed supplies.
3. Learn: If an activity is new to you, be willing to ask questions from a qualified instructor or read books, etc. Discover what you need to know to exercise both safely and effectively.
4. Be flexible and creative: Many people quit an exercise routine because they rely too much on only one form of activity. Remember, unless you have health restrictions, you should look for ways to incorporate a variety of forms of exercise: cardio, strength, endurance and relaxation.
6. Do it: Ah, now comes the hard part. All your planning needs to lead to action. You simply must get up and get going! Trust me, it does get easier once you start.
7. Evaluate and adjust: It's okay to start a new activity and decide you don't like it. Simply replace it with a different one. After time, you may need to "kick it up a notch" in order to build your desired results. Or, you may find one activity more appealing over another depending on the time of year.
Above all, keep your exercise routine fresh and fun. You will be far more likely to stick with it!
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