Tips for Exercising Success

Swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing, walking, or any of dozens of other activities can help the heart. The physicality causes warmth, perspiration, and heavy breathing without a muscle burning sensation. Whether structured or just part of a daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Please find a few tips below.

  • Choose fun, not exhausting activities
  • Add variety. Try not to rely too much on one activity, but develop a repertoire of several to enjoy. That way, exercise will never seem boring or routine.
  • Wear comfortable, properly fitted footwear and comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the weather and the activity.
  • Find a convenient time and place to do activities. Try to make it a habit, but maintain flexibility.
  • Use music to stay entertained.
  • Keep involved with supportive people.
  • Share activity time with others. Make a date with a family member, friend, or co-worker. Serve as an active role model for children.
  • Don't overdo it. Do low- to moderate-level activities, especially at first. Slowly increase the duration and intensity of activities as fitness increases. Over time, work up to exercising three or four times per week for 30-60 minutes.
  • Keep a record of activities. Reward yourself at special milestones. Nothing motivates like success!