You keep telling yourself that you
will start a workout program soon. You'll start right after "this"
or as soon as "that" is done. A helpful hint in getting
started is to know what to do and how to start. Following are
some common guidelines to follow when beginning an exercise program.
Choose an activity you enjoy. Don't do something because you
think it's a popular activity. You are more likely to stay with
an activity if it's something you enjoy. If having people exercise
with you is important, then join a class, club, or form your
own group. When working out with a partner, be sure to choose
someone with a similar fitness level. As a beginner, you may
work too hard if you exercise with an experienced partner.
beginning, ease into a program and have fun. Remember, you should
not try to make up for all the years you have not exercised in
the first few workouts. Because your body is unaccustomed to
exercise, realize that you may be stiff or sore after the first
day. This soreness will pass as you continue to work the muscles.
If you overdo it the first day, you may be so sore that it turns
you off from exercising later.
Choose to participate in more than one activity. Anything
can become boring or monotonous day after day. If you like cycling
and swimming, then alternate these activities. Don't try to
learn a new skill as a way to exercise unless it is very simple.
A novice tennis player will burn far less energy than a proficient
player. Remember to choose activities that can still be done
during inclement weather. You want to exercise year round, not
just in the spring or summer. A good program incorporates aerobic,
strength, and flexibility components. Try for all-around conditioning,
not just one aspect.
When choosing your activity, be sure to consider the availability
of facilities and the cost. Some people feel they will attend
more regularly if they joined a club or hired a personal trainer.
Others choose to buy equipment and workout at home. Besides the
equipment needed to exercise, you must wear appropriate attire.
Footwear is very important. Check with an athletic shoe store
so they may fit you with the proper footwear for your activity.
When possible, exercise at the same time each day. This helps
to form a schedule. Once you have a routine it becomes a natural
part of your week.
If you are male and older than 35 or female and over 40 or
have any preexisting health concerns, please see your doctor
to receive medical clearance to participate in exercise. There
may be a valid reason why you should limit your participation
or not exercise at all.
Everyday activities such as walking the dog, gardening, taking
the stairs, and mowing the lawn are good ways of adding to your
overall activity. Most important is to enjoy the activities you
do. This makes the benefits even more worthwhile. You are improving
your health and you're having fun too!