Set realistic, measurable goals. Instead of vowing to “get in shape,” commit to walking
20 minutes, three times a week.
Get your fitness tested. Testing pinpoints the area(s) you need to work on, such as your cardiovascular
conditioning, strength, flexibility, or balance.
Keep a daily exercise diary. Record how far you walked, how hard you pushed, how many sets of shoulder
exercises you did, and how you felt during your workout.
Work out with a buddy or join a club. You’ll gain more motivation — and fitness —
than if you exercise alone. Just make sure your buddy is reliable and motivating.
Pace yourself. Don’t do three hours of exercise or attempt to lift 250 pounds your first
time out. You’ll burn out fast and may even get injured.
Train for an event. Nothing keeps you motivated to exercise like being on a mission, whether it’s
to finish a 5k walk or 50-mile bike ride. The feeling of accomplishment you get from completing your event is like nothing
Dress the part. You don’t have to become a fitness gear junkie, but having the right clothing
and equipment keeps you safe, makes you comfortable, and gets you fired up to work out.
Educate yourself. Keep up with exercise trends and techniques by reading Web sites, blogs, and