The Target: Total Fitness - Time out for exercise

Some trial and error may be necessary in determining the amount of time needed for exercising. At first, repetitions should be in short series, after which the principle of overload dictates a gradual step-up. Particularly at the beginning, those who have not exercised much for years should consider cowardice the better part of fitness valor. Instead of starting with 45-minute sessions that include a mile run, a 30-minute session including a run of a block or two may be adequate. Once it has been established that such minimal achievement levels do not cause overstrain, the program's general shape should be maintained until the specific short-term goals have been reached.

For those in better condition, a faster start is more appropriate. Again, the rule requiring regularity in all the basic phases of the program should be observed.

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