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Exercise, Where Do I Start?
One of the main questions I get asked is "how can I get started on an exercise program?"
First, I applaud anyone that has the determination to get started... that's the first, and most important step. Once you've made up your mind to do something about it, nothing can get in your way.
Here's what I recommend:
One of the main reasons people stop regular activity is that they "jump" into it and try to do too much at the beginning. This overwhelms their body and their mind, and soon after, stop... because it's no fun anymore.
I suggest starting by walking regularly. Start your day with a brisk walk around the block, then increase it until your comfortable with a 30 minute walk preferably every day, or at least 5-6 times a week.
You'll be surprised how good you feel just after a few days. You'll want to walk more often and look forward to starting your day.
Next, you can add a variety of activities to tone muscle and build your aerobic capacity. Ab crunches, push ups, jumping jacks, hiking, jogging, running, bouncing (on a ball or bouncer) and stretching are activities you can do at home (or near home) without purchasing any equipment. If you have access to a gym or some equipment, consider adding biking, roller blading, yoga, pilates, weight resistance machines, and free weights.
If you are new to working out at your gym, ask for an orientation (most have a free session to get you familiar with their equipment) or hire a personal trainer to get you started with good form.
Here are a few other things you can do to get more activity into your day: park a block or so away from the location you are going to and walk, use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, take a walk with your spouse or family after dinner, walk or bike to work (if practical), walk to lunch, and replace walking over driving as much as possible.
Gradually increase your activity level regularly. Let your body be your guide and listen to it.
To your best health!
You CAN DO IT!
Mark Idzik is a health coach with a national clientele who helps his clients lose weight, feel better, overcome health challenges and make better health choices. Get his 37 free tips to guaranteed weight loss by visiting: http://www.Everyday-Weight-Loss.com