Choosing the right exercise program is one of the first steps toward sticking with your exercise goals.
Try these suggestions to make exercise a tough habit to break, provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians:
* Plan to exercise at a certain time every day, so it becomes part of your schedule. * Write up and sign a contract, where you agree to exercise. * Mark your calendar with a daily appointment for exercise. * Keep a diary of all of your exercises. Log everything you do, and your progress. * Have your doctor write out an exercise prescription, including how much exercise you should do and how often. * Try joining a health club or gym. Paying a membership fee may prompt you to get your money's worth and go more frequently.
Health Tip: Dealing With Exercise-Induced Asthma
Exercise-induced asthma may be characterized by difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, wheezing and tightness in the chest after working out.
Here are suggestions for people with exercise-induced asthma, courtesy of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology:
* Try swimming, especially in a heated indoor pool. The warm, humid environment may help minimize symptoms for people with exercise-induced asthma. * Try walking, biking or hiking at a leisurely pace. * Try sports that offer frequent periods of rest, such as baseball, short -distance track, surfing, wrestling and football. * Avoid cold-weather sports, or warm the air before you inhale it with a surgical mask or scarf over your mouth. * Avoid sports that require long periods of strenuous exercise, such as soccer, basketball, field hockey and running.