The thought of exercising can be repulsive to the average couch potato. It can seem impossible to the person whose body is fatigued, painful and tired. Don't worry, I would never encourage you to jump right into aerobics or P90X. We're going to start with baby steps. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting a workout program.
First, let's stop calling it exercise. Too much negativity is tied to that word. Let's just move. There are so many benefits to moving.
Improves your risk cardiovascular disease, hypertension, colon cancer and diabetes
Maintains healthy bones, muscles and joints (and swelling with arthritis)
Helps control weight, builds lean muscle and reduces body fat
Reduces symptoms of anger, aggression and depression
Find something fun and sweaty to do. If you don't enjoy it, don't do it. Here are some moving ideas:
Walk. Start walking as long and as fast as is comfortable and gradually work up to more.
Ride a bike.
Play ball with your kids.
Hit the ball around on the tennis court.
Play volleyball or badminton
Roller skating or blading
Work in the garden
Clean your house
Just move! Try to increase the time and intensity of your movement as you're able. Be sure to have fun and add variety so you'll stick with it. You won't regret it!