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Getting Around to Exercise THE TIME IS NOW!

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ou have decided that you want to begin a safe and effective exercise program. Now where do you go from

The first step is to understand why you want to do this. Is it to lose weight, get stronger, become healthier, look or feel better? The more clarity you have regarding your intentions, the easier it will be to establish your goals. Let’s say you want to lose weight. That is a common intention, and it should be translated into a goal that is realistic, specific, measurable and timely; an example would be, “lose 10 pounds in 60 days.” With that goal in mind, it is time to take action…now! If you wait for a better time, it will never come. We can all come up with reasons as to why we should hold off on exercising. You might want to wait for when work slows down a bit, when the children get a little older, when you feel better, but the fact is, exercise will help you be more productive at work, provide you with more energy to raise your children and will make you feel fantastic! The hard truth is that there are no good excuses as to why you cannot get started on the road to better health. One of the first clients I ever trained was in his late 60s, clinically obese and had more health and physical challenges than I had ever heard of at that time. He had undergone heart surgeries, had severe knee and shoulder limitations; the list went on. He reluctantly came into a health club for the first time in his life only because his son, who brought him in, was understandably concerned. After going through an initial assessment, it was clear that he could not move very well, his ability to sustain more than a couple minutes

It was slow going, and surely frustrating for him, at first. With a will to be around for his family, however, he kept at it, and in a matter of weeks, he was walking into the health club with water bottle in hand, towel draped over his shoulder and looking a whole lot better.

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“If I knew it would make me feel like this, I would have begun exercising 20 years ago!” he said. This gentleman convinced me early on that if he could do it, then anyone can. Do not wait; walk into one or more health clubs in your area and ask for a trial membership, and if they offer a complimentary fitness assessment and/or personal training session, take advantage of that as well. Share your intentions and goals with the folks there and get started.

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Prior to making a long-term commitment to any one club or personal trainer, be sure you get a good feeling for the facility, members and staff. If you believe you can safely and effectively work out on your own without a personal trainer, or have the knowledge and ability to exercise at home, more power to you. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing and however you are feeling, there is no time like the present to take control of your health. Editor’s note: Jeff Rosenblum, BS, is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer and president of Posture Plus Fitness (postureplusfitness.com), providing inhome and on-location personal training as well as group presentations and corporate wellness programs. He is also a personal trainer at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, where he trains MJCCA Total Health members.

JULY 27 ▪ 2012

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of any physical activity was not good and he felt as if his productive years were behind him.

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By Jeff Rosenblum

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No 30, July 27 The Atlanta Jewish Times  

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