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Health Tip: Set an Exercise Schedule

Health Tip: Set an Exercise Schedule

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To help adhere to your fitness routine

Adhering to an exercise routine can be a challenge, but creating a schedule can help you stay on track.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to create a workout schedule:

  Create a weekly schedule that includes time off.
  Start out by scheduling moderate-intensity exercise of about 30 minutes per session, including a variety of activities from walking to gardening.
  Consider scheduling shorter intervals at first, such as by allocating two 15-minute workouts per day instead of one 30-minute block.
  Avoid skipping a workout in the beginning if you feel sore, unless you feel severe pain or notice any swelling.
  Schedule workouts in the time of day that’s most comfortable. Avoid exercising just after a meal or outdoors when it’s too hot or too cold.
  Wear comfortable, supportive shoes that fit well.