Exercise Tips and Getting Started on a Healthier Life
Yeah, you’re thinking about getting started on that exercise you promised yourself back in January. And you’ve browsed a few sporting goods stores – maybe even bought some spiffy new togs to work out in when you do start. As a quick reminder…even though you might have heard some of these things below, let’s review some general tips.
1. Establish a minimum personal activity level. Get 30 min. of moderate-intensity activity on most days.
2. Discover personal barriers, strive to overcome. Don’t let yourself be too busy, too tired, too distracted, etc.
3. Set a personal physical activity goal you’ll strive to achieve.
Commit to fitting into that little black dress, building strength to play with your grandchildren, improve your agility, or start training for the marathon you have on your goal list.
4. Check with your doctor before greatly increasing the amount of your
physical activity. If you have any health problems, are a man over 40 or a woman over 50, we strongly urge you to check with your doctor first as a precaution.
5. Practice safety precautions. Ensure environment well lit and safe,
stretch, warm up, wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Wear a helmet
when rollerblading or biking. Be aware of signs of overexertion,
difficulty breathing, dizziness and too much sun exposure. Make sure
to drink plenty of water.
6. Recruit others and make it fun! Stay motivated. Vary your activities.
7. Make your environment work for you. At work, use stairs, park farthest away in parking lots, take longer lunch, go for a walk, stretch and practice deep breathing at your desk.
8. Enjoy! Have fun! Don’t act your age.
Most important? Realize it takes time to get where you want to be and be patient!