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STARTING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM:
If you are serious about altering your body, there are a couple of areas to look at.
Does your body have any medical issues that affect you or require treatment or medication?

What physical activities do you enjoy to do? Which ones do you not enjoy? Be honest!

What do you want your body to look like and why? Be specific.


GENERAL THINGS BEFORE YOU START:
1) Start to read, research, learn about nutrition, food, how your body uses food, what types of food are good/bad, how to make meals you would enjoy yet are good for you. Keep a daily journal of your meals/exercise, and be honest, make this a hobby! This is sooooo valuable!

2) Learn about the different types of exercise and if you’re the type of person that needs to see things first hand, get a trainer if only to show you how key exercises are done. Then become a student of exercise and like nutrition, read and learn. If you have the funds for a trainer great! If you don’t just learn as you go and use a trainer only when you need to overcome barriers.

3) “STOP” using the scale or body weight as a measure of health, it’s “NOT”! There are other measures that are more important to track your progress. One simple thing to do is to take girth (circumference) measurements of key parts of your body i.e. Arm, chest, abdomen, hips, thigh, calf. Do this every month and note in your journal. Just so you know the first thing a “good” trainer will do is conduct a thorough assessment that will include several pages of fitness parameters. You can use these as your “starting point”.

4) “STOP” thinking there is a quick fix to making you look thinner or muscular, there’s “NOT”! Bottom line is that the fix is really free, if you are patient!

5) The first thing to remember is START SLOW! Frequently, when people start into a new routine to improve health, they will overdo it. This often leads to injuries or soreness that disrupts subsequent workouts and before you know it, you have given up on the routine. Plan ahead and stick to the plan, even if you feel like you can go that extra mile, stick to the plan. Exercise can be enjoyable but it will take time and persistence to get to that point.


If you would like a beginner’s workout or need additional information, just email me!


Ed Diaz
PhyEd@yahoo.com

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