A recent article showed that even gentle but regular physical activity in middle aged women reduced the incidence of hip fractures. Lack of exercise contributes to many of the health problems with which we are confronted- obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, dementia, arthritis, and osteoporosis. At a time when the cost of health care is so important to each of us as Americans, awareness of inexpensive interventions and self responsibility for our well being should be foremost in our minds.

Proper exercise should take into account your level of conditioning before you begin any program. Many new exercisers will strain their weak or stiff muscles causing pain and disillusionment with their new found passion and quit. Remember the most important thing about your exercise plan is that you are able to and actually return for your next scheduled session.

When you start exercising you will probably do worse with each session for the first week before you start to improve and get beyond your baseline capacity which occurs about two weeks after you begin. What that means is don’t get disillusioned, especially early on if you aren’t performing as you would like to. You will improve over time if you make sure to include in your routine- warm up, limber, and gentle stretching. Do not try to do too many repetitions with too much weight. Speak to someone who successfully exercises before you begin for advice on your program.

~ Norman Marcus, MD
Norman Marcus Pain Institute, New York NY
“Your New York City Pain Relief Doctor”

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