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Two of the most common New Year's resolutions are to exercise more and lose weight.

You don’t need an expensive gym membership to accomplish those goals. You can get moving right at home with these tips.

Best Practices for Physical Fitness

Health experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week. That can include walking briskly, cleaning the house, actively playing with your kids or dancing to your favorite music.

If you’re older or have excess weight, try movements that are easy on your joints, like swimming, cycling and chair exercises.

If you tend to sit for long periods at work or while relaxing at home, schedule time to get active. Go for a walk at lunch or stand up and move around during TV commercials.

Begin every exercise session with gentle warm-up stretches and end it with cool-down stretches to prevent muscle strains, soreness or injuries.

Setting Goals

What’s the ultimate goal of your new fitness journey? Lose weight? Tone your muscles? Boost endurance?

Determine a specific, yet realistic goal and attach a length of time to it. For example, your objective might be to lose 50 pounds in the next year.

Once you’ve identified your overall goal, create daily or weekly fitness goals that move you toward your main objective.

So, if your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds in the next year, aim to lose one pound per week. That will impact your daily habits, like calorie intake and how often you exercise.

Staying Motivated

When you view exercise as a chore, you may feel less encouraged.

So, find activities that you enjoy and follow a pace that works for you. If you push yourself to do too much too soon, you could hurt yourself, which might prevent you from exercising and reaching your goals.

Before You Begin

Before starting a new exercise routine, talk with your healthcare provider. That’s especially important if you’re pregnant, a smoker or if you have:

  • A chronic disease
  • Risk factors for conditions like asthma or diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • A personal or family history of heart disease

If you’re pregnant, talk with your OB/GYN before starting a new exercise routine. Don’t have an OB/GYN? Northline Women’s Health Center has practices in Southgate and Brownstown. Click here to make an appointment.

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