New to Working Out? Follow These 4 Tips

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Want to get in shape this summer? Follow Dr. Oz’s fitness tips for maximum results, including starting off slowly. Learn more from YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

  • Stay hydrated during exercise. That means guzzle water. You don’t need energy drinks, which tend to contain lots of calories, unless you’re exercising for over an hour at full tilt or unless your doctor specifically tells you that you need the extra energy intake or need to gain weight.
  • Remember that technique and good form are more important than how much weight you lift. You’ll get stronger and reduce your risk of injury by doing exercise the right way. Before starting a weight-training regime, ask an instructor or trainer to show you the proper form.
  • In addition to doing exercises that work your heart (cardiovascular exercises) and muscles (resistance training), we also want you to think about balance and flexibility, which will make you strong and keep you injury free.
  • Don’t think that exercise has to be boring or has to be done in gym class. Take a bike ride. Go for a hike. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Find a workout buddy. You can always make smart choices about how to be more active in your everyday life.

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