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FEATURE FRIDAY: Let's Get Started

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Ready to get movin’ but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are some basics to get you on your feet.

If the shoe fits…
You don’t have to break the bank on a new pair of sneakers but you do need a good pair of shoes. “Running shoes or cross trainers are your best bet,” says Valerie Waters, celebrity fitness trainer. Try on several different pairs (make sure you’re wearing the socks you would work out in!), and take them for a test drive around the store. And don’t be dazzled by stylin’ colors. Sure, they should be cute. But more important is that they feel good on your feet.

Get the look…
Look for lightweight, breathable clothing you can layer so you can mix it up, depending on whether you’re working out indoors or out. Cotton is a good bet since it’s absorbent. Quality socks banish blisters. But the most important buy? A good sports bra.

Space out…
Lots of schools now offer students access to their workout facilities. Not into training with the football team? Don’t blame ya. The great thing about cardio is that you can do it just about anywhere. Hit the streets or the local track for a jog or brisk walk.

Ready to build muscle but don’t have the cash to join a fitness center? No problem! Working out at home is easy (CLICK HERE to learn how to turn your living room into a gym). You don’t need any equipment to get started, but as you progress, you might want to invest in some basics. Valerie recommends five-, eight- and 10-pound dumbbells and a stability ball. And don’t limit yourself! Take a dance class. Try karate. Maybe yoga and Pilates are more your thing. We all have different body types and interests. Getting healthy should be play, not work.

1/18/2008 12:00:27 PM
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