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Your Individual Program for Fitness
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Your Individual Program for Fitness
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Perhaps the hardest part of becoming physically fit is getting started. It is important to remember that you don't have to be a star athlete to get started. It is also important to know you may not be physically fit when you start, but a fitness program can help you achieve that goal.
 
2     Before you get started, you need to give some thought to your program. Also note that you should check with your doctor if you have any special health concerns like asthma or diabetes. A check-up each year is important for everyone. Next you should think about what activities you like so you will be more motivated to stick with it. Third, you should decide whether the activity you plan involves a little cost, no cost, or an expensive cost so you know what to expect.
 
3     When you decide on the fitness activities you might enjoy, there are some steps to keep in mind. Count your pulse for a minute when you are relaxed to determine your resting heart rate. Ask your doctor to estimate your target heart rate zone for doing exercise. Use these heart rates as guidelines for your work. Next you should check the health fitness standard for your age to assess your fitness. Then set safe fitness goals from there. For example, perhaps you chose push-ups as an exercise and 16 is the average number completed for your age group. That is the number for which you might choose to aim. Keep track of your heart rate, do what you can, and be safe while working at it.

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