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Once you've decided to become more active, the next move is creating an exercise program that will work for you. This process can be broken down into four simple steps:
A well-rounded exercise regimen should include activities that develop the three major areas of fitness:
The number one reason given for not exercising is lack of time. That's why it is important to come up with a regular exercise schedule - one that lets you know where and when you're planning to work out each week. Your own schedule might involve a variety of workout times - morning workouts on some days, for example, and lunchtime or after-work exercise sessions on other days. The key is to find a blend that works for you and sticking with it.
If you are exercising for health and fitness, and not training for a specific sport, you may be more susceptible to overuse, stress-related or repetitive-motion injuries. These usually result when joints or soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments or bursae) become irritated and inflamed. To avoid overuse injury, you must give these soft tissues time to toughen, even if your muscles are urging you to go farther and faster.
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