The Gene Smart Anti Inflammatory Diet & Exercise Program emphasizes proven principles that work with your genes to reduce whole body inflammation and promote healthy active aging. Along with the program’s four anti inflammatory diet principles, the program emphasizes a particular approach to fitness: Exercise to Reduce Inflammation. Identifying how to start exercising is critical. Starting too aggressively can cause injuries and keep you from working into a routine that will work for you over the long term.
Self Assessment – The First Step in Identifying How to Start Exercising
As you prepare for your plan for how to start exercising, assess where you are right now. Keep a 3-day log of all your activity, noting 30-minute blocks (or 10-minute blocks, if you are on the go all the time). Include 2 typical work days and 1 day “off” in your diary so you can see how your activity changes on non-work days. Then add up how much time is spent on moderate activity.
How to Start Exercising for Beginners – Easing into a Routine
Do you currently spend 30 minutes a day or less on moderate activity? If so, then your approach to how to start exercising is to work up to the workout by walking. Walk as much as you can comfortably, and then work toward increasing this a little bit every day. Start to incorporate other moderate activities into your day, and keep increasing the blocks daily until you come up to the recommended aerobic activity guidelines.
Don’t overdo it. It’s tempting to be overzealous at the beginning of a plan, when you’re high energy and highly motivated, but it can actually be quite destructive. The more exercise you get in, the better you will start to feel. But if you push yourself too hard too soon, you run the risk of injury or backsliding. That’s the key to how to start exercising in a way that is sustainable for the long-term.
Motivation is the Second Key to How to Start Exercising:
Here are some tips:
Get an exercise partner. Talk to each other about your plans on how to start exercising. Make your workouts dependent on each other; one suggestion I’ve heard is to swap shoes at the end of the workout, so that each of you has to show up the next time. Just make sure it happens!
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Consider how to start exercising by joining a gym and taking a class. Try a yoga, tai chi, or ballroom-dancing class and see what you like—you won’t know until you try.
Think of how to start exercising on vacations, or as part of a vacation. Plan vacation around beach football, skiing, cycling or hiking. Just because its fun doesn’t mean it’s not good for you!
Start to work on projects in and around the house that include lifting and moderately vigorous activities. Your housemates and neighbors may thank you for your efforts.
Walk the dog more—you know Fido won’t mind!
Take your kid—or borrow one—and go play on the playground. Keeping up with an active 4-year-old can be a real eye-opener, and playground equipment is perfect for strength training; it’s a great place to do chin ups.
Put up a badminton net or some soccer goalposts in the backyard and challenge your kids and neighbors.
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How to Start Exercising – Establishing your Daily Rituals and Routines
Soon you’ll find that exercise is really essential time for your brain to relax while you are doing something with your body. Rollerblading around an empty parking lot, lap swimming, or jogging on a track can be just as good as meditating.
Most importantly, have fun being active. It is part of living abundantly, and one of those things that can take on a life of its own once you find out what you like to do.