Starting an Exercise Program

Before starting any exercise program, it is important to talk with your doctor. Once you are approved to start exercising, follow these steps for a successful exercise program: 1. Set realistic goals. 2. Start your program slowly. If you are not used to exercising, start with 15 minutes of activity and increase it by 5 minutes each week. 3. Keep an exercise log. 4. Try different activities and find ones you enjoy. 5. Incorporate different types of exercise in your routine. 6. Always start with a warm-up and end with a cool-down and stretching. 7. Keep going! Do not get discouraged. If you miss some days, return to your routine as soon as possible.