a Great Time
to Launch an Exercise Program
With the arrival of spring's warmer
weather, you may be eager to shake off that winter lethargy
by starting an exercise program that includes running or walking.
However, if you've been fairly
inactive during the winter, you need to ease into your spring
exercise routine, advises Duke University Medical Center.
Your first step should be to
your doctor's office. That's especially important if you haven't
been active for a long while or if you haven't had a recent
medical checkup. That way, your doctor can identify any potential
problems or concerns before you start putting your body through
Identify your goals and preferences.
Are you trying to shed 10 or 15 pounds? Is your goal to complete
a 5K or 10K run? Or do you simply want to develop a healthy
lifestyle habit? Knowing and setting clear goals helps you decide
whether you should adopt a moderate or more challenging exercise
You should also choose an exercise
or activity that you enjoy. Whether it's bicycling, swimming,
in-line skating or dancing, you'll be more likely to stick with
it if you like doing it.
Even if you can only fit in five
or 10 minutes of exercise several times a day, you'll achieve
significant health benefits. For example, walk to work or park
your car a good distance from the office door.
Also, put your trash can as far
from your desk as possible, so you'll have to get up and walk
to it every time you want to throw out something. And use a
cordless phone and walk around the office while you talk.
At home, remember that house
chores such as vacuuming or floor mopping will get you body
moving. And get rid of the remote control and walk from your
sofa to the TV to change channels.
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