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Beginning Fitness – How to Get Started

There’s no arguing that exercise can help most people lose weight, as well as look more toned and trim.

Of course, you need to get up and keep moving and be consistent if you want to get the benefits of exercise. This doesn’t necessarily mean following a strict, time-consuming routine at the gym, although that can certainly reap benefits. There are many different types and levels of exercise. You can certainly reap rewards if you stay on course and workout correctly.

The first step to any workout routine is to evaluate how if you are physically able to start a new workout program. Whenever you begin an exercise program, it’s wise to consult a doctor. Anyone with major health risks, males aged 45 and older, and women aged 55 and older should get medical clearance.

Choosing the Right Exercise Program

What exercises you do should be based on what you enjoy which will increase your chances of making it a daily habit. This could including walking, dancing, gardening, biking, even doing household chores. Most people think to get in shape you have to spend countless hours in the gym every day and that’s simply not true. The AHA recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity such as walking, on most days of the week.

Getting Started

It’s easy to excited about starting a new routine. Many beginners make the mistake of starting out too aggressively, only to give up when they end up tired, sore, or injured. Some get discouraged because they think an aggressive workout will produce instant results.

It is usually best to start slow and let your body get use to the new routine before pushing too hard. Giving your body time to adjust to your new routine will help reduce in injury. It will also keep you from getting discouraged when you are just beginning fitness.

It is good practice to use a heart rate monitor. Is is a way to measure the intensity of your exercise during physical activity. These should be within a target range during different levels of intensity. For example, according to the CDC, for moderate-intensity physical activity, a person’s target heart rate should be 50% to 70% of his or her maximum heart rate.

Setting Goals

As with any routine whether it is beginner or advanced it is important to set goals. How do you know where you are going if you don’t know the destination? Your goals should be realistic and be both short and long term. If you would like to lose 20 pounds then set a goals that you will lose 5 pounds within a certain amount of time and strive for that goal. When you reach your five pound goal then set the next goal. Keep going until until you reach you goal. Step by step you will meet your goal.

You are now at the starting line. On your mark……  Get set….. Go!

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