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Setting a Realistic Exercise Plan
Lighten Up Onslow


Adding exercise and physical activity to your life is one healthiest things you can do at any age. But some fear that it might be too late exercising or they don't know how to begin.

First of all, it’s important that you set realistic exercise goals for your level and experience. It's great to be enthusiastic about physical activity, but slowly build up to a consistent exercise plan, especially if you haven't been active for a long time. Even moderate activity can provide health benefits, but doing the wrong exercises or doing too much too soon, can cause injury or muscle soreness and this may cause you to quit.

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Determine your individual goals. 

Example: You’d like to build up to 30 minutes of walking a day in 4 weeks’ time. This is a realistic, and attainable goal and can be easily attained. By tracking your walking minutes every day, you can slowly increase them until you reach your 30 minute goal in a 4-week time-frame.

Break up your activity time: 

You don't have to do all 30 minutes of activity at once, you can break up your exercise sessions into three 10-minute chunks, as long as they total 30 minutes by the end of the day.
Is exercise already part of your daily routine? 
If you’re already doing 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity most days, you might consider increasing your activity time, or intensifying the level of your workout.

Bottom-Line: Time to get moving!
The content of Lighten Up Onslow, Onslow Memorial Hospital and its affiliates, is not a substitute for medical advice.  We encourage you to please consult your primary care provider  before beginning any exercise program or nutrition plan,  especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any medical condition, or are taking any medication.  We do not endorse the use of any specific product, service or business, including but not limited to supplements, meal replacement products, diet plans, exercise equipment, health and fitness businesses, etc.  The contents on our website are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to diagnose any medical condition, replace the advice of a healthcare professional, or provide any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

 

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