Today is the last day of NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS & SPORTS MONTH~~So make the most of it!
Start Small and Stick to It
Consult your physician before making any changes in diet, exercise, or medication.
Here are some tips for long-term success with an exercise program:
*Start with small goals.
Don’t try to go from no activity to being active every day. Start small. For instance, if you haven’t exercised much lately, aim for a short walk 2 days this week.
*Make sure it’s enjoyable.
Try several activities until you hit on ones you like. Find a more pleasant place to walk, for instance. Or walk with a friend.
*Have a Plan B.
Sometimes life just derails your plans for exercise time. So, always have a backup plan in mind. For instance, if you intend to walk at lunch, be ready to switch to an after-dinner activity if your boss needs you to work over lunch.
*Secure your support system.
Get everyone on your “team” to make exercise feel acceptable and doable. Talk to your spouse about it. Share your goals with supportive friends. Set and share goals in our Keep Moving Together section.
*Monitor your progress.
Feedback can be richly rewarding. Try using a pedometer to count your steps. Or use tracking sheets to set activity goals and check off your progress.
Reference: Keep Moving
Terri Johansen, Exercise/Yoga Editor
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