If you want to make a positive improvement to your life this year, here’s why exercise can be beneficial, as well as a couple of tips on how to get started. BIG thanks to “The Daily Meditations” and my fellow life coach Sonya Triggs-Wharton for the featured video “While You Exercise – Positive Affirmations for your Workout.” -aa

[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou’ve undoubtedly read and heard plenty of times that one of the best things you can do for yourself is start exercising on a regular basis. While everyone from talk show hosts to fitness industry professionals repeat this advice on a regular basis, many forget to dive into actually discussing how and why this should be done.

If exercise has been on your mind, let’s take a look at both the how and the why.

Why Exercise?

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While there are literally tons of reasons to exercise, let’s look at two of the most significant:

Reduce Your Health Risks, Dollface.

Mountains of research have shown that simply being active on a regular basis can reduce many health risks. Add to that the fact that if you regularly exercise, you will lose weight, and you knock down the risk of even more health problems that plague so many people.

Exercise Self Love & Self Care.

It doesn’t feel good to look in the mirror and not like what you see. While it’s easy to assume that feeling is only related to your physical appearance, it’s often a combination of not looking how you want and also having a sense of guilt that you allowed yourself to get to “that point,” whatever that means for you.

Once you start working out, not only will you see physical progress, but you’ll gain a sense of control over your body and feel much more confident in your ability to accomplish exactly what you want.

How to Start an Exercise Routine.

If you have any significant health issues, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor and confirm that it’s safe for you to exercise on a regular basis. The most important thing to remember is that any exercise is better than no exercise.


If you haven’t been getting any physical activity, the best way to get started is by walking. The reason walking is the ideal starting point is it doesn’t require any special equipment. It also doesn’t require a specific schedule. You can walk for ten minutes in the morning, twenty-five minutes at lunch or fifteen minutes at night. And while it’s great if you can walk daily, there’s nothing wrong with starting with just every other day.

You can literally start with walking for five minutes a day, add a minute a day and build up to an entire hour in less than two months. While simply sticking with that routine is great, as people go through this process, many want to diversify their workouts.

In addition to cardio, a lot of people are interested in adding resistance exercises to their routine. You can start with body weight exercises like push-ups and squats.

Joining a Gym.

How and Why to Start Exercising in 2013As you feel more comfortable with this type of exercise, you may decide you want to join a gym. When you start working out at a gym, don’t be afraid to skip the machines and learn the proper way to use dumbbells. By starting with light weights and focusing on your form, you’ll be amazed with the positive changes you can make.

Now What?

Ain’t nothing to it but to do it; kind of like the good folks at Nike used to say.

Good luck! Have fun. Choosing a fun workout makes it easier to stick to.


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Enthusiastic fitness post by John Winthorp, a blogger who writes about Cherokee uniforms in addition to other medical supplies and uniforms.

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