How to Start a Healthy Exercise Routine This Year

In 2014, millions of Americans will vow to increase their exercise efforts. Unfortunately, many will make unrealistic goals and eventually abandon their fitness aspirations. To make sure you stick to your health commitments, it’s important that you talk to your doctor about starting a healthy exercise routine.

The adage “you have to walk before you can run” is most aptly used in reference to starting an exercise regimen. If it’s been years since you’ve done any kind of exercise, don’t expect to immediately start running three miles a day. To avoid injury, start out by walking for 20 minutes every other day. Once you’re feeling confident, increase your workouts to 30 minutes, five days a week. It’s important to invest in a good pair of walking or running shoes when starting your exercise routine. Also, finding a workout buddy can help you stick to your commitment.

Instructor Taking Exercise Class

West Hills Hospital  wants you to find a workout routine that best suits your lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be too hard to maintain or intimidating. A licensed physical therapist can help you target a program tailored to your individual needs. And here’s the really good news: it is surprisingly affordable. We urge West Hills residents to call us at (818) 676-4000 with any health-related questions and, in particular, to learn more about our Med-Fit program at the  Center for Rehab and Fitness

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