How to Get Back into Exercising

It happens to everyone: despite your best intentions, your exercise routine gets derailed. Maybe you got sick, or went on vacation, or just fell off the horse due to work or family obligations. If so, here are some useful tips to start moving again:

  •  Start with baby steps. Don’t place too big a demand on your body after a period of inactivity, especially if it’s been prolonged.
  • Focus on flexibility first. A good stretching program will not only get the blood flowing, but prepare your body to the workouts to come. 
  • Work in some light cardio. After a few days of stretching, try taking walks or spending 20 minutes on the treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical.
    After a week of flexibility and light cardio work, add strength training.

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