Are you ready to exercise?
- Any new exercise plan should start with a visit to your doctor.
- Discuss whether you’re ready to start getting more active.
- If you have a health condition or a disability, ask if you should take any special precautions when you exercise.
- If you smoke, set a quit date so you can get even more benefit from an exercise routine.
Exercise at home or at a gym?
- Exercising at home is more economical and convenient for many people. But it requires self-discipline. You can easily be distracted by household needs that seem more pressing.
- A club or gym costs more, but it offers the stimulation of other people. In addition, most clubs offer a range of activities.
- Don’t forget your friends and neighbors. They may want to form a walking club or join you in a new physical activity.
- What’s at play here is your exercise personality. Find the activity you enjoy and the setting where you’ll be most comfortable.
Have you set realistic exercise goals?
- Many people make the mistake of jumping into vigorous exercise in the hopes of faster results.
- If you start out too hard, you could get overly tired and discouraged.
- It takes time to build stamina, and it takes willpower to stick to a routine.
- A slow and steady start can help you stay with your plan for the long haul and avoid burnout.