Magazine article Sunset

Getting out the Door

Magazine article Sunset

Getting out the Door

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Experts around the West say start slow, work up, and get fit with friends

Regular exercise can add years to your life, largely by keeping heart disease at bay. The trick, as we all know, is simply to get moving. But on some days that seems especially hard: It's cold, you're busy, your routine is out of whack. What to do when you've got the workout blues? Here are some tips from the pros.

Take 10 minutes

"Look at incremental gains-don't start off trying to do too much. I know you hear it's best to exercise for at least 30 minutes, but sometimes you don't have that; a ??-minute walk is good for you too. You don't have to invest a lot in workout gear. Just make sure you have comfortable shoes that provide adequate support."

- HELEN HARRIS, hiking coach, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, San Jose

Allow yourself to be a beginner

"Part of what makes it difficult is the expectation that you have to be good, have to be flexible, have to perform as well as others around you. Let go of those expectations and let yourself make mistakes."

-JENNIFER PREISLER, co-owner and instructor, Yoga in the Pearl, Portland

Set goals, exercise with friends

"It's good to have an event that you're training for. …

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