Exercise: Where do I Start?

Most of us are aware that exercise is good for us. Exercise can help to improve the over all quality of your life in several ways. However, it can sometimes be challenging to know where to begin. Going to the gym can also be intimidating for some people. If you already know that you love a certain activity such as swimming or tennis then you should start there! If you are not sure what kind of physical activity that you like then check out the ideas I have listed below.

Walking

5 days a week for a total of 30 minutes/day

Make this a family/friend bonding experience

Walk during your lunch break

Enjoy nature by walking in a park or an area with pretty scenery

When shopping, park farther away from the store so that you walk a longer distance from your car.

10 Minute Mini Work-outs

Take 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening to do some form of activity.

-walk, yoga, push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats, etc.

Winter Exercise Ideas:

Walk your local mall

Take the stairs instead of the elevator

Walk around your building during lunch

Clean your house. Don’t wait for “Spring Cleaning”.

Exercise video/DVD

Resistance Bands/Weights 

Using resistance bands or weights can help you to strengthen your muscles.

Fitness Tracker

Using a fitness tracker to track your steps can be a huge motivator! It can also be a fun way to challenge yourself. Some fitness trackers have “challenges” that you can send other friends or family members who also have the same brand of fitness tracker that you do.

Don’t let a busy schedule get in the way! Remember that it is important to make time for yourself!

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