What are things people should keep in mind when considering a new exercise routine?

Dr. Allen discusses what to think about before starting a new exercise routine. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Before starting a new exercise program, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. According to the American Association of Private PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAPP), some things to consider include:

  • Talk with your doctor – Before starting any kind of new exercise routine, talk with your physician to determine what level and type of activity might be best for you.
  • Think through your resources – Your location and your budget might make a difference as to whether you invest in new fitness equipment, a gym membership, workout videos or a new pair of running shoes. You can commit to a good workout anywhere, you just have to use the resources available to you at this time.
  • Create an exercise schedule the works for you – Plan your workout routine just as you would plan any other commitments throughout your week. Determine what will work best for you – mornings or evenings, multiple short workouts or a few longer ones – and make a plan you know you can stick with.
  • Start slowly – Set multiple small goals that you know you can be proud of as you achieve them. Setting smaller goals along the way to your overall goal is a great way to see the extent of your progress rather than feeling overwhelmed by working toward a larger goal.

For more information about what to consider before starting a new exercise routine, talk with your doctor.

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