How do I get my exercise routine started?

Make sure you are healthy enough to begin an exercise program. You can start by working with a fitness professional, fill out a physical activity readiness questionnaire to determine if you are healthy enough to begin a program. If you have some health concerns, chest pain while exercise or not, you should get physician clearance before you begin. If you have determined you are healthy enough, you need to start by setting some realistic yet challenging goals for yourself. The goals will keep you motivated and give you a sense of accomplishment as you work towards your goal. 

To get your exercise routine started, set some reasonable goals first. You’re more likely to enjoy your workouts and see results if you’re working towards a goal. Do this by setting goals that are SMART; These are Specicfic, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time sensitive. Once your goals are set, form a plan of action and dedicate time each day to reach your newly made fitness goals!

Dr. Mike Clark, DPT
Fitness


Get started with these tips! 
The first step in getting your exercise routine started is this conscious thought about starting one. Being able to started thinking about exercise and the possible benefits of exercise gives you an opportunity to now make a choice to exercise.

The next step is to choose an activity that is fun for you. It might be something you are currently already doing (that you may not realize is considered exercise) or think back to the activities you loved when you were a kid. Many people had things they enjoyed when they were younger that they somehow lost connection to. Bicycle riding is a good example. When asked many people connect to a love and passion for bicycle riding when they were a kid. At some point they had lost the connection to bicycle riding but when reintroduced found the love and passion again. When you become reintroduced to an activity there is also a sense of familiarity, comfort and success.   
Robert S. Kaufmann, MD
Internal Medicine
The first thing to do is to find something you enjoy and gets your heart rate elevated.  Its even better if you have a partner to do this with.  Pick an activity that you can do for 30 minutes.  If you decide to walk then make the pace so you can last for at least 20 minutes but fast enough to get your heart rate elevated.  Make this a priority in your day and make a schedule and stick to it.  Once you get by the initial phase then it will become a normal routine and if you miss that will be noticed.

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