Exercise Plan Checklist

Start Slow and Take Baby Steps

  • Go for a brisk walk after dinner. ;Move whenever you can.

Make a Routine

  • Start a schedule
  • Habits are hard to break, and once you form a workable plan you'll find it easy to stick to.

Increase your Workouts

  • Your body needs to get used to your new active lifestyle.

Learn to Lift

  • 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.

Combine for Strength and Endurance

  • 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.

Switch it up

  • ..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.

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Nourish

  • 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.

Rest

  • 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.

Stay Motivated

  • 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.

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.