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Starting a fitness program just for you (part 1)

28th May 2006

So, you have made the decision to change your life and get healthy. You made that “New Year’s Resolution” to exercise yet again this year. However, each and every time you promise yourself to get moving, something seems to get in the way:

  •  Your children need your attention often during the day.
  •  Your career goals are keeping you at the office for long hours.
  •  You always have just one more household chore to do.

I know how you feel! I have been there many times myself. There is always something that seems more important than taking that time just for you. Well, not anymore!

The Hardest Part Of Exercising Is Getting Started!

Get ready…get set…GO! It is really as simple as that. You have to make that time for yourself to get an exercise program “fit” into your schedule. The benefits of exercise and physical activity are well known:

  • Helps promote longer, healthier lives.
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Helps control and minimize feelings of depression and anxiety.
  • Helps control weight.
  • Builds strong, healthy bones, muscles and joints.
  • And much more!

So, let’s start our journey to fitness together!

A New Beginning!

No matter how many times you have tried this before, today you are going to start anew. As long as you have your doctor’s okay to start an exercise program, we can begin with our first step:

Determine your fitness level

Your fitness level has many aspects to it: your aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility and BMI all play a role in your fitness level. For some tests you can perform at home to determine your fitness level, visit the Mayo Clinic’s great website at:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/SM00086

Truthfully, you will be surprised with how well you already know your fitness level. Without a test, you can say you are “extremely fit”, “moderately fit”, or “a couch potato”! You’re On Your Way! We’ll continue our fitness journey in part two, when we design a fitness program we will enjoy and stick with!

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