Healthy living isn’t easy. For some, it comes naturally, but for folks who are already overweight—large enough that it’s difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do—it’s even tougher to get started. However, regular exercise is key to living healthy. Physical activity improves overall health, protects against heart disease, and fights depression. Exercise can also lower blood glucose levels, increase energy levels, and help maintain a healthy weight.
The good news is you don’t have to be a world-record runner or body builder to enjoy these perks. If you’ve been sedentary until now, exercise might seem intimidating, but getting started isn’t as hard as you think.
Remember that a healthy lifestyle is a skill you work and get better at—not a thing you just get up and start doing one day. If you expect to just hop on a stationary bike, start lifting, or turn your diet upside down without challenges or setbacks, you’re setting yourself up for trouble. Approach your health and fitness goals like you would any other skill that you’re learning.
Seek out exercise that rewards you mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Find things you enjoy doing, at any activity level.
Once you’ve figured out what you want to do—whether it’s a karate class, a half-hour of Wii Fit after work every day, or hand weights while you watch TV—you have to get started. Start slow, and focus on what you’re physically capable of. If you’re heavyset or sedentary, don’t expect an explosive start.
Starting light—just doing whatever you can, even if it’s not much—is critically important to building good habits, getting you moving, and acclimating your body to activity. Is it all you’ll ever do? No—but it’s a start, and getting started is everything.
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