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
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.
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.
Click here to get a walking log.
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
Specific – A specific goal has a much greater
chance of being accomplished than a general
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.