5 Things to Know Before Starting an Exercise Program

Are you starting an exercise program for the first time (or just for the first time in a long time)? Make sure you know where to begin and how to avoid burnout and injury!

Start out slowly
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. This doesn't mean you have to do it all in one day, or start out doing 150 minutes a week. Start out slowly and work your way up to avoid feeling tired and getting burned out or risking injury by taking on too much, too fast.

Warm up, then stretch
A lot of people will tell you to stretch first, but you should actually warm up before you even stretch. Spend 5-10 minutes warming up your muscles before stretching. This can be done by walking and waving your arms in circles or jogging lightly.

Check with your doctor
Have a physical exam and ask your doctor for advice before beginning any exercise program for the first time.

Walking is exercise
Not sure where to begin? Even just walking every day can be great exercise. Slowly work your way up to walking more briskly to get your heart rate up.

Consider a trainer
You may not have the time or money to hire a trainer for the long term, but a personal trainer can help you get going with an exercise plan and can teach you proper form so you won't injure yourself.

Still not sure where to start with your exercise program? Visit our online Health Library at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point or call our free Consult-A-Nurse service at 1-888-741-5119 for physician referrals and answers to your health questions.

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One Response to 5 Things to Know Before Starting an Exercise Program

  1. Agree! I very much agree with the tips shared which everyone should be aware of before starting an exercise program.

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