Getting Started with Exercise

Choosing the Right Exercise ProgramDuring your medical weight loss program, Dr. Primack, Dr. Ziltzer and Dr. Rodarte will provide you with the education and support to begin an exercise routine. Exercising is a key factor to optimizing and maintaining weight loss during your program, so it is important to get started and stick with it. Regular physical activity can not only help with your weight but also reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance, coordination, sleep habits and even your self-esteem. However, if you’re accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle, it may be difficult to determine just how to get started with physical activity.

Choosing the Right Exercise Program

Everyone’s weight loss journey is going to be different, so it is important to determine which exercise program will be right for your personal journey. As you work with your doctors to design the right program and begin exercising, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind, such as:

  • You’ll want to start off slow. Find something that you can do at your own pace that is low intensity and will have a low impact on your joints.
  • You’ll want to ensure that your routine is balanced. Choose activities that incorporate aerobics, stretching and light strength training.
  • Choose activities that you find fun. If you are easily bored with your routine, then you will be less motivated to stick with it.
  • Include different activities. Don’t stick to the same thing over and over again, try something new every once and a while.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard. Know your limits and don’t push yourself past them. An injury could set you back during your weight loss journey and discourage you from returning to your routine.
  • Set realistic expectations and goals for yourself. If your expectations are too high, you’ll be more likely to lose motivation or become discouraged.

Try to make your new exercise routine a part of your daily activities. Since you’re just starting off you can try easy and light activities such as:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

These activities will encourage a good workout without putting too much strain on your body right away. Eventually, when you feel comfortable, you can kick up the intensity on your program.

Staying on Track with Your Exercise Program

Once you’ve begun your exercise routine, the most important thing is to keep up with it. Dr. Primack, Dr. Ziltzer and Dr. Rodarte will be there to aid in your journey, but it is up to you to make the lifestyle choices for your wellness. Find ways to stay motivated like working out with a friend or a group. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are comfortable and enjoying your new routine. Your increased physical activity level is important to your overall wellness and will help you to reach your weight loss goal.

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