Exercise Plan Checklist

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  • Go for a brisk walk after dinner. ;Move whenever you can.
  • Start a schedule
  • Habits are hard to break, and once you form a workable plan you'll find it easy to stick to.
  • Your body needs to get used to your new active lifestyle.
  • Lifting weights is a great way tone up and slim down, fast.
  • Another bonus: Weight-bearing activities improve bone-density and overall fitness endurance.
  • Be sure you have a trainer or knowledgeable gym buddy show you the basics first, so you don't injure yourself.
  • Do your favorite form of cardio for 40 minutes, and add 20 minutes of strength training. Or get a great full-body workout in less time by combining HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training, which is a circuit composed of explosive cardio movements) and a strength training routine.
  • ..you and your body will both get bored, and you'll stop seeing results.
  • Is jogging your thing? Try alternating speed and incline on your runs. Change it up again by sampling a step-aerobic ;or Zumba class.
  • Try a ;banana ;with greek yogurt pre-workout.
  • All meals should combine protein, whole grains and healthy fats, but you may need to adjust by workout type. Eat more lean protein after ;strenuous ;strength training, and consume more complex carbs after an intense bout of cardio.
  • Your body needs time to recover, especially from ;strenuous ;workouts.
  • Craving cardio? Head for the pool. Swimming is a great cardio activity that also tones your muscles without adding pressure to joints.
  • Perhaps your routine has gotten stale and you need to overhaul your schedule.
  • Working out too hard too often can burn you out fast and ruin your health.
  • Retool your workout, stay positive, and reach your goals.
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Are you looking to start an exercise program, but are stumped by where to begin? Our Exercise Plan Checklist gives you the tools you need to get your health - and body - on track. Stay fit and informed will these invaluable workout tips, and you'll get the most from your exercise regimen.

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