Getting in shape takes time and effort. Make a commitment to fitness and stick to it. Try to make exercise a part of each day.
Where to begin?
Start with a plan:
- Start small. Don't set unreasonable goals.
- Select a program you enjoy.
- Schedule it. Set an appointment with yourself.
- Gear up. Buy a good pair of athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.
How much is enough?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get aerobic exercise each week. Aerobic exercise makes you breathe harder and gets your heart pumping faster. Examples include walking and water aerobics.
Adults also need muscle-strengthening exercises at least two days a week. Work on all the major muscle groups with exercises like lifting weights and yoga.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.