Disclaimer: See your physician before starting any exercise or nutrition program. You must have a complete physical examination if you are sedentary, if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, if you are overweight, or if you are over 30 years old. Please discuss all nutritional changes with your physician or a registered dietitian.
1. Do you schedule a yearly physical exam with your physician? You must have a full physical examination if you are sedentary or if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, if you are overweight, or if you are over 30 years old. There are no exceptions. If you meet any of the above requirements, schedule an examination.
2. Have you been given your physician’s approval to begin a lifestyle program? You must have your physician’s approval to begin an exercise program. It is essential that you have your physician’s clearance and encouragement prior to starting.
3. Nutrition is the second most important factor for success in fat loss programs. Do you keep a nutrition log? If not, start doing so! Record your nutrition for free a www.fitday.com . Record every aspect of your nutrition for at least one week. Most people have no idea how many calories they are eating each day.
4. Exercise is the third most important factor. Arrange to have a Fitness Assessment with a certified personal trainer or certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). This will help identify your physical limitations and exercise capacity. It will also help the trainer individualize the program for your training goals.
5. Social support can be the #1 factor for success in fitness programs. While the support can come from your spouse, brother or sister, child, mom or dad, friend, neighbor, or co-worker, it’s a prove fact that individuals have a greater chance of sticking to an exercise program when they have to be accountable to someone like a personal trainer or lifestyle coach,. Don’t try and so this on your own. Social support is important in your quest for better health, fitness and fat loss.
What is your current activity level? Log everything you do for at least one week to get an idea of your daily energy expenditure (calories burned each day).
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