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Elizabeth Quinn

How to Exercise - Beginner's Guide to Building a Basic Exercise Routine

By March 1, 2012

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Are you ready to begin a basic exercise routine? Do you have questions about where to begin? It's not surprising that many beginner exercisers feel somewhat overwhelmed with all the advice, equipment and conflicting research telling them the best and most effective ways to get fit, lose weight or improve health. That fact is that there really is no "best way" to do it. There are many ways that work, and some of these work better than others, but unfortunately there is no ideal solution that works for every single person.

However, if I had to provide one piece of advice for a beginning exerciser asking, "I'd like to get fit, but where do I start?"  I'd start by asking if they are ready and able to  make a personal commitment to living a healthy lifestyle?   It's probably the most important question to consider.

A lot of people say they want to be strong, fit, and healthy but many of those same people aren't actually willing to make the daily choices and take daily actions that being healthy requires.  So, the first step is to do a reality check of your priorities. Make sure your wants, words and actions all line up and work together. If being fit is near the top of your list of priorities, you will find it that much easier to take the stairs instead of the elevator, choose fruits and vegetables rather than chips, doing a 20 minute bodyweight workout, rather than watching television, or encouraging the family to go for a walk after dinner instead of retreating to personal computers or spending hours on Facebook.

Once you have confirmed your willingness to prioritize accordingly, there are some basic tips that can help you get started, and keep it going strong.

Start Here:  How to Exercise - A Beginner's Guide

How to Start Exercise

More Tips for Getting Started with Exercise

Getting Started and Sticking with Exercise
How to Design a Personal Exercise Program
How Much Exercise Is Enough?

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