How Do I Start a New Fitness Routine?

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Choose an Activity You Enjoy

You’re more likely to stick with exercise you enjoy than an activity you dread.

Start Slow

Gradually build up the amount of time spent exercising each week.

Set several small, short-term goals. Reaching them will help keep you motivated.

Keep Track

Monitoring workouts helps you see your progress and lets you know when you’ve been slacking off.

Use a pedometer or other device to track your steps. Check out our Pedometer video or How-To Brochure to help you get started.

Join the Walk Around Nevada program, either as an individual or in a walking group with friends.

Choose the Right Footwear

Proper athletic shoes give you optimum performance and comfort. The American Heart Association has more tips on finding the right footwear.

Reward Yourself

A little incentive goes a long way. Treat yourself when you reach short-and long-term fitness goals.

Check with Your Doctor

Work with your primary physician to create a fitness plan that matches your abilities.

Consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease may require that you limit physical activity.