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How to start exercising again if you haven't exercised for years?

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Gregg Swanson

Peak Performance Consultant

Briefly Speaking

Find out how to start exercising again by using SMARTER goals and figuring out why you really want to get fit.
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Besides going to doctor and getting their OK, the most important part about learning how to start exercising again is "why."  The "why" or the reason behind starting has to come from the person, not a family member, doctor or spouse.  

After the "why" is determined, goal(s) would be the next step.  Too often people look at simply "losing weight" or "getting back into shape" as the goal.  This is not a goal but a vague hope.  When a person establishes a  S.M.A.R.T.E.R goal they are more likely to not only hit it, but exceed it.  This applies to all areas of a person life, not just learning how to start exercising.    

The S.M.A.R.T.E.R  acronym stands for:   

  • S = Specific (and keep it simple and positive) 
  • M = Measurable ( and it must be meaningful to you) 
  • A = Achievable (is this something you CAN do?) 
  • R = Realistic (is this goal really reasonable taking into account all areas of your life) 
  • T = Time bound (when are you going achieve this goal) 
  • E = Evaluate (document your results, are you making progress towards your goal?) 
  • R= Revise (if you're not making progress, or not in the time frame revise your goal or your actions in obtaining it)   

Then after the goal is set, the steps to take are next.  In the world of fitness there are so many options to creating an active lifestyle. The majority of people don't even think about combing some of their favorite actives along with some new ones.  This way they'll be able to achieve their and have fun at the same time.  

When something is fun, people will stick with it, when they stick with it they get the resultsthey are looking for.  Fitness is a very personal and unique to each individual and without a proper assessment to customize a program the cookie cutter will only produce failure and frustration.   

But all this begins with the "why" -- the real "why" -- and a good coach can help discover that "why."

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