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Getting Started

Getting StartedStarting an exercise program can be challenging, but it's also very rewarding and one of the best things you can do to live a healthy life! Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program, especially if you're a man over 45, a woman over 55, or if you have cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or a family history of heart disease.

16 Fit Facts Found in Getting Started

How to start an exercise program

It is well known that people who exercise regularly weigh less and have a reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

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Social Support - Does it really matter?

Whether it is eating healthier, getting more active, or kicking a bad habit-think twice before you try doing it on your own. Numerous research studies have shown that people with strong social support are much more successful at lifestyle change than those who don’t.

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Small steps to increase physical activity

Regular physical activity is essential for good health and happiness. People with very active jobs (i.e. construction worker, mail carrier) and those who frequently exercise typically reach the weekly recommended activity level of 150 minutes.

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A SMART Guide to Goal Setting

Have you decided that it’s time to make a change but aren’t sure how to get started? No matter how big or small your goal-whether it’s losing 5 or 50 pounds, walking a mile or running your first marathon-making change requires planning and SMART goal setting.

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Keeping a Food Journal

A food journal (also called a food log or diary) is a record of everything that you eat and drink during a 24 hour period. A growing amount of research has shown that people who keep a food journal are the ones who lose the most weight and keep it off the longest.

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Save Money, Get Fit with Small Group Personal Training

Interested in hiring a personal trainer, but concerned about the cost of one-on-one training? Sharing the sessions and the cost with others is a growing trend. Small group personal training can help you reach your fitness goals without breaking your budget. Where Can I Find Small-Group Personal Training? Finding a certified personal trainer who offers group training may be easier than you think.

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How to Choose the Right Group Fitness Instructor

Certification from a nationally recognized certifying organization is the first thing to look for when choosing a group fitness instructor. It’s your assurance that you’re working with a group fitness instructor who has the knowledge to provide you with a safe and effective workout.

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How to Choose an Online Personal Trainer

Once thought to be the exclusive domain of the rich and famous, personal trainers have become increasingly popular among the general public. Today, personal trainers are riding the dot-com wave, making their services more accessible and affordable than ever.

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What You Need to Know to Purchase a Treadmill

According to industry data, treadmills consistently rank as the most popular choice for home aerobic exercise equipment. If you’ve decided to join the ranks of treadmill owners, there are a number of factors to consider to ensure that you purchase a machine that meets your needs. There are a multitude of treadmills on the market, with prices ranging from $499 to $4,000+.

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How to Choose an Exercise Video

What if you have time constraints caused by a busy home and work life? Or you live in a rural area and the closest gym is 100 miles away? What if you are too shy to ask about the fitness classes at your local gym, let alone actually walk into one?

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Sneaker Savvy

If you’ve tried to buy a pair of athletic shoes recently, you probably noticed the wide range of high-tech, state-of-the-art athletic gear. Consumers are faced with so many options that the task of choosing a pair of shoes has become increasingly complicated and confusing, not to mention expensive.

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How to Choose a Health Club

Are you thinking of joining a health club? How many times have you skipped a workout because the gym is too far away or will be too crowded when you get there? If you’re like a lot of people, the answer is “too many.”

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The Right Exercise Program for You Starts Here

What do you want to get out of an exercise program? The answer to that question defines what kind of program will work best for you in the long run. Ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish?” Do you want to lose weight? Get in shape and stay in shape? Maybe you’d like to reduce some of the stress in your life.

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Before You Start an Exercise Program

Before you start an exercise program, there are a few questions to ask yourself to determine whether you should see your doctor first. Question Yourself Your first step is to ask yourself how active you want to be.

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How to Design Your Own Home Gym

Exercising at home is a good alternative for people who are short on time or enjoy the convenience of working out at home, can’t afford or don’t want to spend their disposable income on a club membership, or just can’t seem to make it across town to the local gym.

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How to Choose the Right Personal Trainer

A personal trainer should hold a current certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) to give you the assurance that you are working with a professional who has the knowledge and skills to provide you with a safe and effective workout.

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