Planning Your Personal Fitness Program

The latest studies showing the link between physical fitness and overall health and well-being should be enough to show anyone who cares about their health that it is time to get moving a bit more.

If you have not been exercising regularly, though, it can be a daunting prospect to suddenly start focusing on fitness for the first time in years.

Here is some advice on where to begin.

First, check with your doctor to be sure you are healthy enough for exercise. Then, have them help you set goals for your height, weight, age, and overall health condition.
What did you like doing when you were younger?

Swimming, walking, cycling, they are all good for you.

They are also all examples of aerobic exercise that can get the heart pumping.

Start slowly, adding 5 minutes a day. Do NOT try to exercise for an hour and then sideline yourself with an injury for a month.

Think about strength training at least 3 times a week.

You can use light hand weights, a resistance band or do yoga, or Pilates, with or without a machine.

Alternate aerobics with strength training every other day. This will give your muscles a rest.

Make exercise and family or friends affair. The people who care about you will want to support your as you become your best self. Get a fitness buddy and get moving.

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