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By far the most important aspect of any weight loss exercise plan is that you actually get off the couch and do it! To this end, it's best to ease into any new workout program so as to avoid injury or burnout.
Start by slowly adding activities such as walking for 10 minutes, jumping rope, or playing basketball with your kids.
If you own a smartphone or mobile device, a number of free or very inexpensive apps are available to guide you step-by-step through the process of establishing a workout routine.
Adults should aim for at least 2 ½ hours of exercise every week, depending on health status. Activities should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time and should be spread throughout the week. Ideally, adults will do aerobic activities (like walking or swimming) at least three days a week and strengthening activities (like weight training or yoga) at least two days a week.
Talk to your healthcare provider about exercises that are safe for you and then try different activities until you find ones that you like. After all, if you don't enjoy it, you won't want to do it regularly.
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