How to Get Started With Exercise

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Whether your goal is weight loss, getting healthy or both, you'll need a solid exercise program to help you reach your goals. These resources will teach you the basics about exercise, including cardio, strength training and the ins and outs of losing weight. You'll get detailed information about setting up a complete exercise program as well as workouts and free exercise programs.

Getting Started

Learn the basics about getting started with exercise, including cardio and strength training tips as well as information about how to lose weight.

How to Set up an Exercise Program

These step-by-step guides will help you learn exactly how to set up an exercise program. You'll get details for setting up a cardio program, a strength training routine and information about stretching and flexibility exercises. You'll also learn how to set up the most effective program for your goals.

Beginner Workouts

It's tempting to go all out when you start an exercise program, especially if you want results fast. But, part of being successful and consistent is starting with a program you can live with every day and giving yourself some time to get used to exercising.

These workouts cover everything from cardio and strength to flexibility and core work. Pick one and try it today and don't worry about getting confused about what to do next.  All exercise is a good thing!

Exercise and Weight Loss Programs

When you're trying to lose weight, gain weight or just get in better shape, where do you start? There are so many things to think about; setting up an exercise program, changing your diet and keeping yourself motivated, just to name a few. The following free programs, all in newsletter format, give you the tools and guidance you need to set up a program whether you want to lose weight, create a healthy lifestyle or add more activity to your life.

Exercise Tools and Calculators

When you start exercising, there are all kinds of things you may want, or need, to keep track of. The following calculators, logs, and other tools will help you track your weight loss progress, monitor your intensity, figure out how many calories you're burning and more.

A BMI calculator like this one, for example, can help you track progress towards a healthier number. It's simple to use—just enter your information:

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Keep It Simple

The most important thing you can do to get started exercising is to start. Stand up and do some knee lifts. There, you just exercised.

It really can be that simple. If you're doing more than you did yesterday, then you're on the right track. The best thing you can do is choose the easiest, most accessible activity and start there. Let's say, walking three times a week for 30 minutes. Or maybe you like yoga. Try a yoga class a couple of times a week and built your routine around that.

By choosing activities you actually enjoy, you'll be much more likely to stick with your workouts.