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Getting Started Exercising

by Alwa Cooper

Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-1752
TTY: (800) 222-4225
Fax: (301) 496-1072
The NIA offers several brochures on exercise. All can be read online, and some can be ordered (free) as paper copies. One, “Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit For Life,” (http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/exercise.htm) provides safety tips for people new to physical activity and is available in English and Spanish. Another, “Exercise and Physical Fitness: Your Everyday Guide”
(http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/ExerciseGuide) explains why it’s important to be active and outlines a step-by-step process for starting a fitness routine, measuring progress, and rewarding success.

The US Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
(877) 696-6775
SmallStep is a program dedicated to improving the general wellness and health of Americans. The exercise portion of the Web site has a Goals page that guides you through the process of setting fitness targets and an Activity Tracker that allows you to chart your progress. There are also links to local SmallStep programs and other government and to other fitness and nutrition Web sites.

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