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Learn how to maintain a new exercise routine, prevent injuries and establish goals.
Dr. Eunice Sanchez-Mata, a family medicine physician with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers, responds to frequently asked questions about reaching exercise goals.
How do you set realistic exercise goals?
You first want to figure out what your motivation for exercise is. Are you trying to lose weight? Get healthy? Build muscle? Excel at a sport? Without a specific goal, it's difficult to keep exercising and track your progress. The following questions are helpful when trying to set goals:
For example, it may not be reasonable to lose 50 pounds in 6 months, but it may be more reasonable to lose 3 to 5 pounds every 1 to 2 months. The goal is not to lose weight; the goal is to change our lifestyle.
What are some tips for sustaining an exercise program long-term?
Some tips I provide to my patients include:
What are the best ways to prevent injuries due to exercising?
Tips for how to avoid injury while exercising are:
This is the second part, in a series of two, about exercise. To read the first part, visit How to Establish an Exercise Program.
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