If you’ve been sedentary for a long time, are overweight, or are a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health problem, see your doctor before beginning a physical activity program.
Choose Activities You’ll Enjoy
Choose activities that are fun. Add variety. Mix it up. Find several activities that you enjoy. That way, exercise will never seem boring or routine.
Use a Fitbit or Similar Device
A Fitbit or similar device will make walking more fun and motivating whether you’re at the beach, running with your dog or playing a ball game with the kids.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wear comfortable, properly fitted footwear and comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the weather and the exercise you are doing.
Find a convenient time and place. Make it a habit but be flexible. If you miss an exercise opportunity, don’t beat yourself up – just work it into your day another way.
Use Music! Dance Around the House!
This is one of my favorite tips and the right tunes will keep you moving. I even listen to music while I clean house – makes it a lot more fun.
Hang with Supportive, Positive People.
Find a walking buddy. Train together for a special event, such as a 10K walk/run. Spend time with the children while you exercise if possible. That’s always fun and they’re so energetic! Be an active role model for your own children.
Don’t Overdue It
Do low to moderate activities at first. As you become more fit you can increase your level. Over time, work up to exercising on most days for at least 30 to 60 minutes.
Last but not least – challenge yourself – keep a record and reward yourself for your successes. You Got This!