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Getting Started


You know you want to begin a fitness program, but don’t know where to start. It’s easy! Walking is one of the easiest and most profitable forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and desire.
How to start: First of all, start out slow and easy. Just walk out the door. For most people this means head out the door, walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Do this every day for a week. If this was easy for you, add five minutes to your walks next week (total walking time 25 minutes). Keep adding 5 minutes until you are walking as long as desired. more

 

Walking toward a heart-healthy life

According to the American Heart Asso­ciation, an easy way to work physical activity into your regular routine is to start walking. For every hour of regular, vigorous exercise, you can add two hours to your life expec­tancy.

 

Ready to start a group exercise class?

We offer a variety of free or very low cost beginner level exercise classes in a safe and fun environment. Click here for the current exercise class schedule.

 

A walking log can help

Click here to get a walking log.

 

Best thing for health



 

Make your goals realistic

 

One of the most common reasons people

fail to reach their exercise goals is they try

to do too much too quickly. For example,

when you start running, it’s not realistic

to run five miles the first day. A more

reasonable plan would be to start out

walking and gradually add short intervals

of running as you develop more stamina.

If you start out running, you may end up

getting injured or become so sore you

won’t want to exercise again.

 

Hold yourself accountable

 

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SMART goals

 

Specific – A specific goal has a much greater

chance of being accomplished than a general

goal.

 

To set a specific goal you must answer

the six “W” questions:

 

*Who:      Who is involved?

 

*What:     What do I want to accomplish?

 

*Where:    Identify a location.

 

*When:     Establish a time frame.

 

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