Basic Tips for a Beginner Exerciser

Posted 09/25/2015 | By HealthCorps

If you have never exercised before, then you need some basic tips to help you get started. Start by identifying a goal. You may want to lose some weight, increase energy levels, or achieve some basic health milestones like lowering your blood pressure, or reducing your risk for diabetes or heart disease. If you have experienced a health crisis like a heart attack or stroke, or you’ve been told that you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, it may be worth consulting with your doctor and a licensed fitness professional, who can create a safe program for you. But if you’re healthy and just want to start exercising, here’s a basic guide:

  1. You are likely excited about starting to work out, but don’t let your enthusiasm get the best of you. Starting slowly will likely help you to avoid getting hurt and will help you to avoid over-training or burn out so you to stay committed to your exercise program.
  2. Always warm up before you start the actual work out. March in place or walk slowly outdoors or on a treadmill for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Consider starting with a walking program and use a pedometer to track your steps. Set weekly “step goals” and keep increasing the goal.
  4. If you’re interested in weight training, go light on your weight in terms of their size (3, 5 and 8 lbs.) until you are sure you have safe, good form.
  5. You can access DVDs, YouTube videos or online programs to follow, but make sure they are made by established and reputable trainers and instructors.
  6. Always cool down after a workout and then stretch.
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