Beginners Workout Program

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The new year is a great time to fit more fitness into your life. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on how to get started in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Taking the first step toward a healthier you is easier than you think. Exercising on a regular basis can be a good start.

However, before beginning a new exercise program, you should consult with your physician.

Ask about special precautions you might need to take. For example, you may need a checkup or other evaluation to determine how healthy your heart is before you start.

Slow and easy is the way to begin. Depending on the type of exercise your doctor recommends, start with five to 10 minutes of exercise a day. Every week, as you get stronger, gradually increase your time and frequency. Your ultimate goal is 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week.

To help you stick with your exercise program, it may help to plan out a month of workouts at a time. Schedule exercise as one of your top priorities. Note how long your workouts will be and what kind of exercise you will do. Dedicate the new year to your new exercise program.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.