Yes, everyone should exercise. But does everyone? No. This is obvious by the fact that the United States is one of the fattest countries. Are we just over-eaters or not exercisers?
Here are some guidelines you help you get started if you are a non-exerciser. Congratulations for making the decision to be an exerciser.
- Start slow. Instead of exercising for an hour, start with 1/2 hour periods. Instead of exercising daily, do so 2-3 times per week.
- Make goals. Short-term goals are better in the beginning. This will keep you motivated and exercising. Having bigger and long-term goals is also great to have because this will keep you focused on what you hope to attain.
- Have proper attire - comfortable clothes and proper shoes. If you are unsure of what kind of shoes to wear, determine what kind of exercise you will be doing the most of. If you will be walking, wear walking shoes. If you will be running, wear running shoes. Make sure the shoes are comfortable, have good support and enough cushion as a shock absorber.
- Stretch before doing any type of exercise. Even if you are walking. This is very important. You should also talk to your doctor before starting up any type of exercise and get any of their advice that they may have.
- Warm-up and Cool-down. Along with stretching, this will help prevent injuries and avoid undue muscle and body strain.
- Try to pick a time of the day that you have free everyday or consistently have off so you can exercise. Having a routine will help to remind you that it is time for you to exercise. Some people are morning exercisers and some are evening exercisers. Some even eat lunch at work and then use their lunch hour to get their exercising done. You decide and stick to it.
- Keep a log. Keep a journal of what you did and for how long. If you skip your exercise day, log the reason why. This will keep you accountable.
Good luck to you and remember, we can change the face or the weight of America one pound at a time.