+ Smart BY TEDD MITCHELL, M.D. Whats holdi yo Figure out why you don't exercise. Then use the simple FIT principle. W HY IS IT that so many of us — 60% of Americans — can't bring ourselves to exercise regularly even though we know it is so good for us? If you don't exercise, I'd guess it's because: • You feel depressed. Not feeling good about yourself is a de-motivator. To overcome this tough problem, make your new progi-am consistent and not strenuous. In a short while, almost without exception, you mil start to feel better. • You ignore your needs. Many of my female May is Better Hearing IMontii at Miracle-Ear' Hearing Aid Centers! Our Most Popular Programmable Hearing Aid On Sale Now! • Exceptional Value • Customized, in-office programming • Two programs for varied listening environments Now Is a great time to visit Miracle-Ear. Stop In for a free hearing test* and limited time savings during Better Hearing Month! ———————————————1 Miracle-Ear* i PROGRAMMABLE HEARING AID • ONLY$990i Miracle-Ear Navigator™ Contour I Hearing Aid. Coupon good through May 5,2001. j Good only trom participating Miracle-Eaf tepiesentalives. , One coupon good per purchase. No other offers or discounts apply. I Discount does not apply to prior sales. Cash value 1/20 cents. • Regular manufacturer's list price $1,299. J| Call toll free 1-888-917-9090 and schedule an appointment at the Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center nearest you, most located in Sears! ^?%MiracleEar HEARING AID.CENTERS Listen to Life" patients tend to take care of theii" husbands, childi-en, jobs, homes and everything else except their own health. Make your own health a priority! It's not selfish; it will enhance your ability to care for others. • You imitate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. People who go to extremes set themselves up to fail. If you can't sustain unrealistic diet and fitness behavior, you may degenerate to complete depravity, discontinue exercise and dive into the first half-gallon of ice cream you can find. Be in this for the long haul. • You get little support. Remember, "Birds of a feather i| flock together"! I'm not suggesting that you dump your fiiends, but it's important to have a support system that encoui-ages regular activity Whether you are trying to quit smoking, change youi' diet or begin regular exercise, having like-minded people around is extremely helpful. Seek ways to smround yourself with others who see the impoitance of exercise. Whatever yom* reason for inactivity, don't get discouraged: Instead, use this self-awareness as an opportunity to make a permanent change! Ai'e you ready? Here is a way for you to "shape up for summer," using expert guidelines developed ovei* decades: Fii'st, get a gi-een light fi'om your doctor. Our cUnic recommends anyone over 40 have a checkup before beginning an exercise program. This lets the physician assess cai-dio- vascular risks, oi-thopedic risks and other health situations that may affect a person's ability to exercise. Generally, CLICK ON LINKS people under 40 can begin without ^ Get more FIT details, medical clearance, but if you have plus warm-up and a chronic medical condition, check with youi- physician. Once that's done, dive in by i-emembei-ing the word "FIT"! That stands for fi-equency, intensity and time. Like it or not, only these three impiwe aerobic fitness. Consistency is paramount. You're better off getting moderate activity on a regular basis than knocking yom*- self out infi-equently or sporadically. Avoid the "weekend warrior" syndrome. FoUovdng the FIT principle will improve yom- cardiovascular fitness and your chances of a long life. And the increased quaUty of life is hard to beat! In addition to aerobic training, don't forget muscle- sti-engthening exercises and flexibility exercises. We all tend to lose muscle weight and flexibility as we get older. 4 USA WEEKEND • April 27-29,2001 cool-down tips, at usaweekend.com.
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