Strategies for Beginning a New Exercise Program

Are you getting enough physical activity? What are you doing in each of the four key areas of activity? Could you benefit from improved strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular fitness?

Begin with a small goal to increase your daily activity level. At the outset, it doesn’t have to involve all four types of activity. But be specific. When will you do it, with whom and where? What obstacles or excuses may come up? Anticipate these.

If you haven’t been active at all, check first with your family physician. Consider a short daily walk – perhaps 10 or 15 minutes to start. After a week, you can add another 5 minutes. The keys are achieving successive incremental goals that will boost your confidence, give you the positive feedback of feeling fitter (without injuring yourself) and build your enthusiasm for achieving progressive goals.

Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. Instead make it a positive routine. Getting a community gym pass is always worthwhile if you resolve to get your money’s worth. Try to go at the same time each day. You’ll get to know other regulars and they will soon become your informal support group. If you miss a day, they’ll ask where you were.

Once exercise is part of your daily routine, consider any areas of fitness you’ve neglected. Again set small incremental goals – each of them doable – and build upon your successes.

In just a few short months, a well-rounded variety of physical activity will be part of your routine and you will already be experiencing the emotional, mental and physical benefits.


About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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