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Physical Activity Basics

Getting Started

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

  • Choose an activity you enjoy
    • Choose an activity that works for your life and is something you like to do.
    • By choosing an activity you enjoy, you will be more likely to continue participation.

  • Men stretching before a workout
    Start off slow
    • Gradually build up the amount of time spent exercising.
    • Set several short term goals that you can reach along with your long term goals.

  • Keep track
    • One of the best ways to stay motivated is to record your progress.
    • Keeping track helps you see your progress and can act as a warning when you’re slacking off.
    • Use a pedometer to track your steps. Check out our Pedometer video or download the Using a Pedometer PDF brochure to help you get started.
    • Join the Walk Around Nevada program.

  • Select a proper athletic shoe
  • Reward yourself
    • When you reach your goals don’t forget to give yourself a reward.
    • Treat yourself to a massage, sleep in an extra hour, go shopping or buy new workout shoes.

  • Check with your doctor, if necessary
    • If you have a chronic health condition, such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease, talk with your doctor to find out if your condition limits your ability to be active.
    • Work with your doctor to come up with a physical activity plan that matches your abilities.
    • If your condition stops you from meeting the minimum guidelines try to do as much as you can.
How to Use a Pedometer


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