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The hardest part of any new routine is getting started! But, once you get going, you may be surprised at how easy it is to maintain a routine. Here are a few basics from the exercise expert at Fitness Town and Life Fitness that you should know:

1. Assess your fitness level:

You might have a general idea about your current fitness level, but there are a few things you can assess now, to measure against as you progress later. Try measuring these things:

•    Start with your weight. As hard as it might be, get on that scale and write down the number.
•    Next, take your measurements. The most important two measurements are your waist circumference at your belly button and your hips at the thickest part around.
•    Test your fitness by seeing how long it takes for you to walk or run a mile and how many push-ups you can do in a row.

These numbers all provide concrete information that will allow you to see, in very real terms, how you are improving as the weeks go on.

2. Map out your fitness plan:

The three parts of any good fitness program include cardio training like walking or biking, strength-training using things like weights or bands, and flexibility training or stretching. Look at your week and choose the times you will work out and write them down, scheduling them makes you accountable.

3. Gather your tools:

Now that you have a plan, decide what equipment and which accessories you will need, starting with the right pair of shoes.

4. Get going:

Remember to start slow. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Ten minutes the first day might be enough. Or 10 minutes three times a day might be the solution. Just do what you can and progress each week to prevent early burn-out or injury.

5. Assess your progress:

After about 4-6 weeks go back to your original assessment and try everything again. Enjoy seeing the results that you have worked so hard to achieve. You will be amazed.  And if the results are less than you expected, decide what you need to change to make it better.

Congratulations on your new commitment and get your game on!

Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide.



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