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Start Exercising: Six Tips for 2018

Posted: December 28, 2017

start exercising, exercise tips, strength-training, exercise plan, physically active, ways to exercise, exercise tipsStart exercising. If that’s your New Year’s resolution, you’re in good company. Exercise is one of the top healthy New Year’s resolutions people make every year. And for good reason. Exercise can help you lose weight and keep it off for good when you change the way you eat.

As the New Year approaches, many people will vow to start exercising in 2018 as part of their weight-loss goals. If you haven’t exercised in a while, make sure to consult your health provider first. Some types of physical activity may not be appropriate if you have a heart condition, arthritis, diabetes or high blood pressure.

6 Tips to Start Exercising in the New Year

Once you have your doctor’s approval to exercise, here are six tips to help you get started.

  1. Schedule exercise. Look at your weekly schedule and figure out an exact time you can set aside time for physical activity. Put it on your calendar so it’s easier to keep the commitment.
  2. Walk this way. If you’re not sure what type of exercise is right for you, try walking. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes that fit comfortably and offer enough support. Make sure you start your exercise routine slowly and work up to longer sessions.
  3. Swap bad habits for good ones. Think about swapping sedentary activities for physical activity. So, if your normal routine after dinner is to watch TV or catch up on Facebook, you could spend that time taking a walk instead.
  4. Tiny victories count. Break up your exercise goal into smaller sessions. If you’re trying to walk 45 minutes every day, you could walk for 15 minutes, three times a day.
  5. Enlist a friend.  Knowing that someone is waiting for you at the gym makes it harder to skip your workout. Many people look forward to exercising when it becomes a social activity as well.
  6. Find an activity you enjoy. Exercise should not feel like a chore. So, if you’re bored with your exercise routine, try something new.

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