TIPS TO HELP YOU ESTABLISH YOUR EXERCISE HABIT

• Start slowly. Too much, too soon, too fast can lead to medical problems, fatigue, and other negative consequences, as well as increase chances of injury.

• Choose activities that are pleasurable. If you get bored or the activity is inconvenient, you may not exercise regularly Remember, there are many exercise options, and it’s okay to experiment.

• Choose a variety of activities. Vary your routine walk one day, swim another day.

• Set goals that work for you gradually incorporate them into your daily activity.

• Keep an exercise diary at first to see if you have met your goals.

• Schedule exercise times. Consider them a commitment, like a business or social appointment. Make these times convenient.

• Get some support. Enlisting a friend or companion is often helpful, particularly whenas happens to everyone motivation sags or interest lags.

•Join a walking club. It’s a good way to meet people who share your health oriented goals.

• Get expert help. Many gyms, community recreation departments, community colleges, senior centers, and the YMCA have exercise counselors.

• Be sure you have comfortable gear. Wear clothes that fit comfortably and are appropriate for the weather and activity. Wear good quality, comfortable shoes.

• Alternate aerobic exercise with strengthening activities to protect your feet and legs and to add variety. Remember that variety is the spice oflife; and if your physical activities are interesting, you are more likely to do them regularly.

• Go out and do it!

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