Get Moving!

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Updated: 9/13/2012 2:31 pm Published: 9/12/2012 4:02 pm

It’s important for adults to make time for physical activity because it helps our health, our hearts, helps us sleep better and more. Adults should be getting 30-60 minutes of physical activity per day, like children, so Lori Dreiling, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, stopped by GDGC to share tips on starting a fitness program the right way.

Tips for starting an exercise program:
  1. Be realistic. Don’t expect to drop 10 pounds the first week or run a marathon in only a month.
  2. Exercise with friends for the accountability factor.
  3. Pick workouts that you enjoy – working out is easier when it’s fun.
  4. Ask questions of experts to make sure you start out on the right foot.
  5. Make use of technology – smart phones offer some great apps to keep you moving forward. My Fitness Pal, Run Keeper and Map My Run are some great ones.
The most important thing to remember in starting an exercise program is to be motivated and driven, but be realistic. Set realistic goals, including short-term and long-term goals. Doing too much too fast can result in lost motivation, soreness and injury.

The Tulsa community and the Internet provide great resources for someone looking to start physical activity. Fleet Feet provides training programs, or if you are into group sports, check into local church leagues, community centers, etc. Many gyms also offer advice to someone coming into the fitness center for the first time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There’s no such thing as a stupid fitness question! Finally, Google and the app stores for smart phones provide great resources like mileage trackers, calorie counters, etc. Take advantage of technology to help you stick with your program.

Walking is always a great starter activity. You can start adding in running in few-minute intervals once you’ve established a base of activity. Swimming and biking are great, too, because they are low-impact and easy on the body.

Fleet Feet offers group training programs with scheduled workouts to get you across the finish line of your chosen goal race. The Fleet Feet Walk Fit program begins this week – it’s a great way for newbies to get started by taking those first few steps! Coaches provide training, information and motivation and the group atmosphere provides fitness friends and someone to keep you accountable. Additionally, Fleet Feet staff can answer many questions about how to get started.

Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, which opened in 2003, is a locally-owned and operated running and walking retail store with locations in both KingsPointe Village and the Blue Dome District. In addition to offering running and walking shoes, apparel and equipment, Fleet Feet also offers races, fun runs and events for the Tulsa community. More than 8,000 walkers and runners have graduated from one of Fleet Feet’s training programs, ranging from social walking programs to marathon training programs.

Check out or come by Fleet Feet KingsPointe (61st and Yale) or Fleet Feet Blue Dome (2nd Street between Elgin and Frankfort.)

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