• How to Get Back into Exercising!

    on Oct 4th, 2018

So you’ve decided to start exercising. Congratulations! Do you feel excited? Or intimidated? Brave? Or Frightened? Focused? Or overwhelmed? Or all of the above? If you’re experiencing any of these negative emotions, don’t worry! These feeling are normal especially if you’re out of shape and haven’t exercised in a while. Since exercise has been shown to help Improve or maintain both physical and emotional health, whatever is motivating you to start an exercise program-it’s great that you’re ready to begin!

Start with a visit to your healthcare provider! Make certain the exercise plan you have in mind is right for you. Because everyone’s needs are different, there is no one exercise plan that will suit all people. Wanting to look good in a bathing suit is a different goal than wanting to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without becoming breathless.

Here are some specific tips to help you get started when you are seriously out of condition.

Do you like to dance? Walk? Play tennis? Garden? Bicycle? If you choose activities that you find fun, you’re more likely to stay with them.

Setting realistic goals allows you to succeed quickly-and to enjoy the resulting feelings of accomplishment. If your goals are too broad or far-reaching, you may become frustrated. You also risk injury if you push yourself too hard or quickly.

Focus on doing things-not only on formal exercise programs. Simply integrating physical activities into your everyday life is a great way to exercise. For Example:

Walk a flight of stairs, instead of taking the elevator.
Go outside and talk a walk at lunch, rather than eating at your desk.

Be active, instead of watching TV.

Get off the bus/subway one stop earlier, and walk.

Track your accomplishments. Remember that anything you do, over time, can become a habit-regardless of whether it’s good or bad for you. Monitor your goals to be certain you’re on the right path and achieving the changes you want.

Even if you’re more comfortable as a couch potato than an athlete, there’s good news:

Bringing activity into your life doesn’t mean that you’ve got to sweat or suffer. Small, realistic changes can have a big impact. All efforts add up-and don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back when you succeed! The time to start is NOW!

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