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Sunday, February 6, 2011

How do I start exercise? What exercise is for me?

Don't make it too difficult for yourself choose an exercise - it doesn't have to be something too hard to do.  Just choose something that you enjoy and do it more.  

Like everything else everyone is different and likes very different things.  So whilst someone might enjoy the latest "zumba" craze or run around the neighborhood another will be just as happy, walking. 

Try one or more of these ideas:

  • Start by walking everyday- around the house, park the car far away from the mall door and walk all around the mall, walk to pick your kids up from school. 
  • use the stairs not the lifts, 
  • Start skipping, 
  • try walking up and down the stairs a few times at your house, 
  • get off the couch and get what you want - don't ask other people to get things for you. 
  • Walk the dog or get a dog and then walk them,
  • try a local gym,
  • try zumba, 
  • pilates, 
  • yoga, 
  • walk at lunch at work.  
  • Don't phone or email people at work- go and find them and speak to them face to face.  
  • Try jogging, 
  • play with your children
  • join a running group, 
  • walk your new baby to the park
  • wash the car

You get the idea - get up and move! 

Even if you haven't exercised for years and are stuck in a bigger body than what you want.  Invest in a pedometer then you can check your own progress.  Eventually aim for 5,000 to 7,000 steps everyday.

Just start today, right now...every step you take adds to the next one.  
The important thing with exercise is move more than you did yesterday, move everyday.

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