- Visit local gyms and decide if they are right for you
- Try various exercise classes and find an activity you enjoy
- Take note of bike or walking trails in your area
- Find local schools with a public track
- Check with local community centers to see if they offer group classes or equipment
When you start an exercise program for the first time remember to start off slow. Don't do too much too soon. This can lead to injury and make exercise less enjoyable. As you get more used to exercise, you can gradually add more.
The goal is to make fitness part of your weekly routine for the rest of your life. It's important to find an activity you enjoy.
Keep up the Challenge
Our bodies adapt to the demands that we place on them. To keep improving, we need to do more. That may mean adding more time to your aerobic exercise or maybe picking up the pace. For resistance exercise, that may mean doing more repetitions or lifting a heavier weight. A rough guideline to follow is to increase your workload no more than 10% each week.
- Remember to warm up and cool down. For example, start at a slower pace, build up to a faster pace and then slow back down.
- Build your level gradually over several weeks. It takes time for your body to adjust to any new activity.
- Watch for signs that you are doing too much. This includes persistent muscle soreness and an overall feeling of fatigue that does not go away.
- Rest is important. Schedule a day off from activity if your body is telling you to rest.
- Drink plenty of water.