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Spring Into Fitness 

This Spring, Get in Shape the Right Way

This may be one of the most popular times of year for people to start sprucing up their fitness program (especially if those New Year’s resolutions didn’t work out so well).

Whether you’re starting from scratch or just want to take your exercise routine to the next level, do it wisely. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS):

  • Start with an amount of activity you’re comfortable with, whether it’s 30 minutes or 10 minutes of moderate activity per session
  • Increase your activity gradually, maybe keeping a chart to track your progress
  • Always include time to warm up and cool down, and stretch
  • Set a weekly schedule that includes days off
  • Establish goals and reward yourself for meeting them

Ideally, choose a combination of aerobic, flexibility and strength-training exercises that you enjoy. For example, you could walk one day, take a yoga class the next and work with resistance bands another day. The variety will give you the best results and ward off boredom.