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4 Tips for Starting an Exercise Program

4 Tips for Starting an Exercise Program

Kristin Wise, PT

by Kristin Wise, PT

Starting an exercise program can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to institute change and be successful in your goals:

Start with small goals and progress to larger goals as you succeed.

If your resolution is to start exercising, your goal should be making it to the gym one day per week. The hardest part about exercising is actually walking into the gym! Once there, working out is easy. When the habit of getting to the gym is established, you can add a second and third day to your goal.

Keep your goals simple.

Walking 5 minutes daily is better than no exercise at all. In no time, 5 minutes becomes 10 minutes and you are well on your way to success!

Invite a friend to help make you accountable in keeping your goals realistic.

Everyone is more successful when they have a "partner in crime". Promise to meet a friend for a walk at lunch or after work at the gym. Keeping that promise to exercise together not only strengthens your friendship, it keeps your health and goals on track.

Break the year into quarters.

Reevaluate and update your goals every three months.

Hippocrates said "walking is man's best medicine." It is never too late to begin a healthy lifestyle and the beneficial effects can be almost immediate. Be realistic in setting goals and success will follow. Cheers to your good health!

The Sansum Clinic Physical Therapy staff works closely with our patients to improve their function and quality of life. Our Physical Therapists develop individualized therapeutic exercise programs using manual treatments and other therapies, which are accompanied by customized home exercise regimens. We also teach our patients proper posture and body mechanics to prevent new or recurrent injuries. Our four physical therapy sites offer state of the art equipment and technology, treating conditions including comprehensive services to orthopedic and muscular skeletal, to post-op care, sports, and industrial injuries.



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