Exercise: How to Get Going (cont.)

A really great resource for getting started with weight training at home is a book that Tuft's University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out. You can download it at the CDC website: cdc.gov. It's just some simple strength training exercises such as bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder presses, and lower body exercises.

"Exercise is a very self-rewarding activity. You will be so glad you started."

Don't combine strength training with aerobics. For example, don't wear ankle weights while you walk. Some people think they can kill two birds with one stone, but all you'll do is injure your joints that way.

Strength training is a really exciting element to your exercise program. Adding strength will increase your energy and there's something really rewarding about getting stronger. So good for you, and good luck.

MODERATOR:
We are almost out of time. Pam, do you have any final words for us?

SANTIN:
When you think about adding exercise into your life, we all know we should exercise, but for many of us it's hard to start, and it's hard to stick with it. To stay motivated, ask yourself this question: How many times have you exercised and at the end of that day said, "I wish I had not exercised today?" Never, right? But how many times have you not exercised and at the end of the day said, "I wish I'd exercised today?" Exercise is a very self-rewarding activity. You will be so glad you started.

MODERATOR:
Thanks for joining us, members, and thanks to Pamela Santin, MS, for sharing her expertise with us. And thanks to you, members for your great questions.



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