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Even More Exercise Tips - Getting started

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Listen to your body. Burning and fatigue are ok - if you feel pain, stop exercising. If not better after rest, elevation, and ice, see your doctor
Moderate exercise.   Physical activity is MODERATE if you feel your heart beating faster, but you are not breathing hard
Ramp it up! The benefits of exercise increase as you increase from 30 to 90 minutes of exercise each day 
Schedule your exercise. Plan for and schedule a fitness break every  day
Start small! Begin with 10-20 minutes of exercise, then build up in 10 minute increments as you gain stamina 
Strengthen your bones. By training with weights or resistance machines, you will increase or maintain the strength of your bones
Stretch first. You reduce your chance of injury before workouts if you stretch your muscles first
Stretch with Yoga. Use a yoga routine for a relaxing stretch after your exercise
Take baby steps. Don't try to change your life overnight - start with small changes, and work up gradually
Use your lunch hour. Spend half your lunch hour taking a fitness break
Vigorous exercise. Physical activity is VIGOROUS if you feel your heart beating faster and you are breathing hard
Warm up first. Before engaging in any vigorous physical activity, begin with a warm up exercise
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