How To Get Back In Shape
To begin to get back in
shape, choose a level of exercise that you are
willing to do regularly.
Easy exercises are a great way to get started. If you begin to make drastic changes
too rapidly, you are more likely to abandon your plans.
Even the most basic exercises, when done regularly, will
provide you with substantial benefits:
- Improved Circulation
- Increased Flexibility and Joint Range of
- Improved Muscle Tone and Strength
- Better Posture
- Reduced Pain and Stress
- Reduced Risk for Disease
Easy Couch Exercises
What are easy ways to
introduce exercises into your daily routine?
To successfully add exercises into
your day, make them a priority, just as you do with taking a shower, brushing your teeth, eating and
sleeping. A few stretches before you get out of bed will get you started. An early morning walk
starts your day off right. A few exercises on the floor (or even on the couch) while you watch TV will
help you strengthen muscles and improve your range of motion.
The most important step in
getting back in shape is to get started at a comfortable level that you can accomplish regularly. As your
body begins to respond to the easy exercises, you will then be able to move on to more moderate
Can I really get back in shape
with easy exercises?
Yes, you can certainly get started
getting back in shape with easy exercises. Easy exercises help you successfully transition into a more
active lifestyle. They also help you build up your exercise tolerance gradually, avoid injury and allow
you to successfully progress. If you begin exercise too aggressively, you are likely to burn out,
get hurt and quit trying.
So, to start getting back in shape, think in terms of
"What is the one thing that I can do regularly for the rest of my life, starting right now?" If you are
willing to do some basic exercises on the couch while you watch TV, then that is your first step. Doing
couch exercises during commercials of a TV program that you watch regularly will give you consistency in your
beginning exercise program.
Once you have established your couch exercise routine as
a daily habit, ask yourself what is the next thing you can do regularly. Choose another exercise
activity such as walking.
You may decide that wearing a pedometer is the one step
that you can begin right now. Start logging the number of steps you walk each day. Once you
have a baseline, gradually increase this total each week.
Remember, getting started is your first step toward being
successful. Making Ongoing Changes in your
Activity, Diet, and Stress Levels creates your new healthy
Exercises Pedometer Walking Activity Log
Full disclosure: The Couch Potato DVD, Level 1, On The
Couch, is a beginning level DVD created by a couple of our back in shape buddies!
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