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Health Tip: Kick Off Your Exercise Program
Start with doctor's approval and a plan
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- So you want to get healthier and start exercising? Experts say you shouldn't just wing it. Get medical OK from your doctor, and devise a fitness plan for a healthier you.

The American Council on Exercise recommends:

  • Talk to your doctor about whether it's safe for you to exercise.
  • Create a plan that includes activity that you enjoy. This means you're more likely to stick with it.
  • Start out with short bursts of low-intensity exercise. Over time, make exercises longer and more vigorous. Track your progress over time.
  • Perform strengthening and resistance-training exercises to build muscle and boost metabolism.
  • Schedule workouts at the beginning of each week to accommodate your other plans.
  • Teach yourself not to think of exercise as "all or nothing." Any activity, even if you don't meet your goals, is better than being inactive.
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