Follow these steps to begin an exercise program:
Step 1: Talk to your provider
See your provider to get help with an exercise plan. It is important to have your overall health checked before you begin exercising. You must do this if:
1. You are over 35-years-old and have not been active for many years.
2. You have any health problems such as high blood pressure, heart trouble or diabetes. Talk to your provider today to create an exercise plan that is right for you!
Step 2: Let's get moving!
Think about how you can get some exercise each day. Even moderate exercise each day will improve your health. There are different types of exercises.
Aerobic exercise means using oxygen. It is moving nonstop in a way that makes your heart beat faster and causes you to breathe more deeply. This exercise is best for losing weight. This exercise is also good for your heart and lungs.
Step 3: To stay on track, create an exercise plan
Having a plan will keep you more organized and motivated. Write down what you want exercise to do for you. Also write down a list of possible barriers. For each barrier, come up with a solution. For example:
Goal: I want to lose 10 pounds and improve my blood pressure.
Barrier - Possible Solution
I do not have time - Plan to get up 30 minutes earlier.
I do not have money for a gym membership - Pick those activities that are free like walking.
I get bored - Make it fun. Include family or friends.
I am too tired - Start slowly. Pick a time when energy is best.