Kinds of Exercise
Selecting a fitness center
Guidelines for beginners
Healthy Heart Tips
The hardest part of an exercise routine is getting started. Once you've established a
regular pattern of
exercise, you'll find yourself following it. So, how do you get started? Well, first of
all, consult your
doctor. Your doctor can recommend the specific kinds
of exercise for your own individual needs.
Generally, however, these guidelines should get you going.
First of all, exercise will only become a habit if it's fun! Pick something you will enjoy
doing. If you
like being with a group of people, try a team sport like basketball or soccer. You don't
have to be a
super athlete. Anyone can exercise. Social activities like dancing and mall-walking are
also good. If
you're more of a loner, try bicycling or swimming.
Don't kid yourself. Be honest about what you realistically think you can do. If you have
to climb stairs, step aerobics probably isn't for you. Maybe a walk around the
be more pleasant. Many people today are walking toward fitness.
Consider your current state of physical fitness. If you haven't exercised in years, you'll
to start with some modest activities. As you get adjusted, you can increase your activity.
Consider your schedule. Are you a morning person? Then plan to exercise in the morning. If
addicted to your snooze button, plan to exercise in the evening. Start with just a small
block of time,
maybe fifteen minutes. As you get into your routine, you probably won't mind increasing to
and then thirty, minutes. In order to be effective, you'll need to repeat your exercise
routine 3 or 4
times per week.
Will you exercise at home or at a fitness center? Selecting a fitness center can be a challenge, but you
may find the community support motivational. Will you need any special equipment? The
available for purchase today can be overwhelming. Be sure to buy the proper
Finally, take it easy. Make sure that you exercise intelligently and cautiously. Follow
for beginners. Exercise should improve your health, not risk it.
If you're still making excuses, at least try some of the Healthy Heart Tips for today. These
realistic activities can become the first step toward a healthier tomorrow.