Starting an Exercise Regimen

Exercise has many proven health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, improving mental health and mood, increasing metabolism and muscle and bone strength, as well as enhancing balance and reaction times.

Even knowing about all of the great benefits, a common reason people delay beginning an exercise regimen is that they are unfamiliar with exercise basics such as how often or long to exercise or more importantly, what to do!

Today’s topic will focus on how to begin a realistic exercise program, which is one of the most important aspects to successfully incorporating exercise into your life.

As a Physician Assistant and former personal trainer, I have helped many patients and clients safely began exercise programs to enhance their health and well-being. To get you started, I have answered some questions I am frequently asked by both my patients and clients at the gym. Click the questions below to see the answers.

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Quick Training Tips

  • When strength training, avoid using the same muscle groups within 24-48 hours. For example, if you do arms and upper body Monday, don’t strength train those muscles again until at least Wednesday.
  • If beginning a running or jogging regimen, buy 2 pairs of sneakers so you can alternate- the support cushion needs a solid 24 hours before it regains its form, making it best not to use the same sneaker every day for high impact activities.
  • Remember not to stop moving suddenly – this can lead to blood pooling in your lower extremities causing you to feel lightheaded or faint.
  • If you are taking your pulse at your neck (something I don’t recommend), remember to never use 2 hands at once – this can also lead to lightheadedness or fainting.
  • As always, drink plenty of fluids.
  • Remember to speak to your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.