Ending an Exercise Hiatus

I have been inactive for some time. How do I get back into exercise?

The best answer is: slowly. Doing too much, too fast, is one of the quickest ways to end up back on the couch.

Your best bet would be to begin a walking routine. Walking is arguably the easiest, most convenient way to start getting into shape. But if you prefer more variety, consider cycling, an exercise class, or any other moderate-intensity activity. Just choose something that you’ll enjoy.

You can begin with as little as five to 10 minutes, three to five days a week. Choose a pace that is comfortable so that sore muscles won’t discourage you from continuing. After a week or so, gradually increase either the length of time or the number of days a week that you’re exercising. (Don’t increase both at the same time because you’ll put yourself at more risk of an injury.) Slowly work up to at least 30 minutes, most days of the week.

Good luck!

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