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Great Ways to Work Out

Why is Exercising Good For You?

Exercising is very important for a healthy lifestyle. It can help reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve balance, help lose weight, build strong bones and muscles, and help boost your self-esteem. Setting goals is important because once you achieve them you have a higher sense of accomplishment.

Simple Ways to Start Exercising

There are many things you can do to exercise, but you need to start light. Here are a few good exercises to start with:

  • Choose physical activities you truly enjoy. Whether it's working in the yard, joining a bowling league, waking with your dog, or taking a yoga class, pick a few things you like to do and make time for them most days of the week.
  • Start with simple changes in physical activity and increase gradually. People often try to do too much too soon. They get discouraged and then they stop exercising.
  • Don't focus too much on the numbers at first. Thinking about repetitions, distances, and times can be discouraging and distracting. Just listen to your body and focus on becoming more active initially; tracking the numbers can come later.
  • Try parking your car farther from the door so you walk a little farther to get to work. Try walking around your office or around the block while you talk on the phone. At home, opt for the rake instead of the leaf blower. Remember, these types of "active chores" count.

  • Try to work out for at least 20 minutes a day, three times a week and build from there!

Exercising is a lot easier than you think!

Ways to Prevent Injury

There are some precautions you should take before starting to exercise. start with a simple 10 minute warm up; a simple cardio to get your heart rate up and blood flowing. Also stretching after the warm up and before the actual exercise will help decrease the chances of pulling or straining a muscle. Staying hydrated is also very important. Drink water before, during, and after a work out, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT THIRSTY! Avoid going out at the hottest points of the day, 10am-2pm. Make sure to wear light, breathable clothing so you do not overheat.


Lauren Kuechler, Shanthini Kumar, Terra McCown, Stephanie Martinez

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