You’ve decided it’s time to start exercising…

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step on your way to a new and improved body and mind.

“Exercise is the magic pill,” says Michael R. Bracko, EdD, FACSM, chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Consumer Information Committee. “Exercise can literally cure diseases like some forms of heart disease. Exercise has been implicated in helping people prevent or recover from some forms ofcancer. Exercise helps people with arthritis. Exercise helps people prevent and reverse depression.”

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The first step to any workout routine is to evaluate how fit you are for your chosen physical activity. Whenever you begin an exercise program, it’s wise to consult a doctor. Anyone with major health risks, males aged 45 and older, and women aged 55 and older should get medical clearance, says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise.

So what are some easy things to do to get started?

Exercise options are numerous They can include walking, dancing, gardening or biking. The important thing is to choose activities you enjoy. That will increase your chances of making it a habit.

And how much exercise should you do?

Most recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking, on most days of the week. If you can’t do 30 minutes, which should be easily obtainable, do something for at least 10 minutes… you will be surprised at the difference.

Here is a great free tool to help you get started…

Talk to you soon!

~Erica

PS. If you need a more advanced workout… check this out…

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