Coach's Corner: New Year; New Fitness
If your New Year's resolution involves becoming more active, you may feel a little overwhelmed about where to begin. Even if you haven’t been active before, we have one simple message: It’s Never Too Late.
Our brand new awareness campaign targets Americans aged 50 and older who may feel that it’s too late to change their risk for cancer and other chronic diseases. Research now shows that simple, everyday steps like moving more, eating smart and staying lean can improve your health and offer real protection at any age.
Our website has great advice and tools for getting started with meal and fitness plans and in-depth brochures on healthy eating and exercising. With this motivation behind you and a few beginner tips straight from the trainer, 2011 could be the year that you meet your goals.
Q: I'm just getting started exercising, what are the basics that I need to buy?
A: The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to start a basic exercise program; in fact, you probably already own everything you need right now. So, please don’t think that you can’t exercise because you don’t have fancy gear. However, as you become more engaged in your program, you may want to invest in some staple items that will make your workouts feel more comfortable. Below is a list of things you could consider purchasing:
- Sneakers: If you choose to participate in any activity where you are on your feet, such as walking, running, aerobics, etc., a good pair of athletic shoes is the first investment you should make. A pair of supportive sneakers can help to prevent nagging injuries, such as shin splints. Consult an expert at your local sporting goods store to find out which sneakers are best suited to your exercise routine.
- Non-cotton clothing: While a cotton t-shirt will do the job, synthetic fabrics (e.g., polypropylene) that "wick" moisture away from your skin will help you stay dry and much more comfortable while you exercise.
- Cold weather gear: If you live in a cold climate, don’t be afraid to take your exercise routine outdoors – even through the winter. Investing in a warm hat (that covers your ears), a good pair of mittens or gloves, some warm, non-cotton socks, and a water-proof jacket will help you to stay comfortable in all kinds of weather and temperatures. Look for items that are reflective because winter workouts often require you to be out in the dark.
Of course, if you’re taking on a more specialized activity, such as biking, swimming or roller-blading, you will need to purchase some extra gear. Visit a sporting goods store that specializes in that activity and ask them to help you create a shopping list of essentials.
For more tips on getting started check out these helpful links:
- AICR’s Physical Activity Series
- Are you active enough? Take the quiz
- Getting Started
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