5 Keys to Staying with Your Physical Activity Program

By James M. Rippe

Part of Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Regular exercise and physical activity promote cardiovascular fitness and heart health. These five tips can help you stick with your activity program — and get in great shape:

  • Set a time and place. Plan at least one activity like a short walk at lunch, and other opportunities will fall in place.

  • Be prepared. Adopt a mind-set that emphasizes more physical activity.

  • Include family and friends. Walking or doing other activities with an exercise partner helps keep you accountable.

  • Have fun. You’ll stick with something you like.

  • Prioritize. Make getting physical activity as important a priority as other objectives in your life.