If you tend to be inactive, but have thoughts of getting fit this spring, you may be interested to know that starting and consistently following an exercise program can bring about more significant health benefits than those achieved by someone who is fit (it becomes more difficult to improve when you are already fit).
The good news about exercise for inactive people is this: The less active you are, the more you can improve your health through exercise. And, older individuals (65+) who become fit improve their health and lifespan.
How to start an exercise program
Participating in a strength-training program at least twice a week is a good start, with aerobic exercise added as much as possible throughout the week (30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week). Also, do a self-assessment [see Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire below, which is recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)]. Results from this assessment suggest whether you should consult with a healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. Continue reading