Fitness: Getting and Staying Active - Becoming More Active
Are you ready?
you increase your activity, take a look
at where you are now. Ask yourself these questions:
Is physical activity safe for me? For
some people, some forms of physical activity might be unsafe or should only be
started after a talk with a doctor. If you have any concerns,
talk to your doctor before you start any exercise or fitness program.
He or she may want to help you build
an exercise plan(What is a PDF document?) matched to your needs.
What challenges get in my
way? You may have
barriers in your life that get in the way of
becoming more active. These may be a lack of time, having
no one to exercise with, or fear of getting
Changing your thinking
If you need to make some lifestyle changes to become more
active, you'll have more success if you first change the way you think about
Don't compare yourself to others. Healthy bodies come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. One person's
choice of activity won't be right for another person. Some people use fitness
to become Olympic champions, while others use it to feel as good as possible.
Think positive. You can help
yourself succeed just by thinking that you can succeed. If you tell yourself
negative things-"I can't do this. Why bother?"-change will be harder. But if
you encourage yourself with thoughts like "I can do this," you can raise your
odds of success. For more information, see: