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5 Tips to Make it Easy for You

1. Convenience

With our busy lifestyles, convenience should be a top consideration.  Pick a gym or class that’s close to home, work, or school.  The same applies to other forms of activity – walking, running, biking, skating – look for well-paved paths nearby to make it easy to fit in a run or a walk several times a week, regardless of how crammed your schedule is.

2. Variety

Change in your exercise routine is good for your body and your mental attitude.  By combining a variety of activities, you can get the aerobic and strength training you need.  Variety helps keep your interest piqued, so you’ll want to do it instead of feeling like you’re dragging yourself to do it.

3. Lifestyle

Choose exercise programs that suit the way you live and your body type and age.  Don’t want the high impact of a Zumba class?  Try Zumba Gold, a program designed with the original moves at lower intensity.  Prefer to exercise on your own instead of with a group?  Try a personal trainer or an in-home program with a DVD or app.  Do you like the low-impact/intense aerobics of swimming? Many clubs have indoor pools for year-round swimming.  You can do laps on your own or join a water-aerobics group class.

Think about how you like to do other life activities when considering exercise choices.  If you’re social or competitive (or both), group classes may be the way to go.  There are many great choices available at local gyms, health clubs, community centers, churches, and schools.  If you’re more introverted, a quiet yoga or stretching class or solitary practice at home may be what keeps you going.

4. Fun

Forget the old cliché – no pain, no gain.  If you’re not having fun and it hurts, don’t continue with that exercise program. Period.

Hate those weight machines at the club? Try an aerobics class that includes toning with weights as part of the program.  Exercise classes that are based on dance moves – whether live or on an app – are lively and fun, and you won’t feel like you’re “working out.”

Allow yourself adequate recovery time between exercise activities to avoid soreness and injury so that you’ll be looking forward to the next session instead of dreading it because you’re hurting.

5. Accountability

Activity trackers like Fitbit can keep you on track, and they’re fun to use.  Join a gym or class with a relative or friend.  Being accountable will help reinforce the exercise habit.

Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

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