Exercise for Fitness and Health
All of us have some time or the other have thought about
starting an exercise program to get into shape. Many of us
actually spend more time thinking about the program than
getting down to actually starting it. It is important to
start the exercise program for retaining good health. It is
also important not to get bogged down by your age because
starting a exercise program is not as difficult or scary as
you may think.
Check in with your doctor before you start an exercise
program. He or she can help you find the exercise that is
best for your particular needs. You don't want to start out
doing something that will harm instead of help you.
You should try to include the physical activities that you
enjoy in your exercise program. But do not try to include
those activities that you hate, in your exercise schedule.
For example if you do not like running don't even bother
trying to add it into your new exercise program. This way
you are picking on one more reason which might bring you
failure in this new exercise program. The important thing is
to spot and include the activities that you enjoy doing so
that the exercise routine doesn't seem like so much of a
chore but some thing you enjoy and look forward to it.
If you Like to swim or even go cycling then you should
definitely include these activities in your exercise routine
and do it at least thrice a week. It may not sound much of
an exercise program since you like swimming and cycling
anyways. There may be times when and you don't want to
cycle outdoors, because of bad whether then to finish that
days exercise routine you can do the bike routine in your
local gym. You can use a stationary bike until you want to
venture outdoors again. Begin the work on your exercise
routine in a gradual and phased manner. If you haven't
exercised in a while you don't want to hurt yourself. Begin
by say biking for 20-30 minutes and then increase the time
Be sure to always challenge yourself when exercising. If you
have been biking the same trail for a few weeks and you find
it quite easy, try something with some steeper grades, or a
longer trail. If you're swimming, add some more laps, or try
a new stroke. Timing yourself is another great way to make
sure you're getting a good workout.
To keep the exercise challenge alive, try adding new and
more physical activities to the routine. More over new
activities will exercise different body parts. For example
if all the exercise you do is biking then your legs will
definitely become strong but what about the health/toning of
rest of your body? Adding weight training few times in a
week to your exercise routine is important because after 20
years of age one starts to loose muscle mass.
Many people are leery of going to a gym, and using all those
confusing weight machines. As an alternative get yourself a
set of free weights and a book on simple weight training.
You can workout almost every muscle group without the use of
expensive machinery. Just be sure to follow all instructions
carefully as it can be easy to hurt yourself.
A good motivator for exercise is having someone to do it
with. Try to find someone else who is starting a program
and see if you can coordinate your schedules. Working out
with a friend is more fun and you can offer each other
support as well.
The key to getting in a good exercise routine is finding
something that you enjoy and starting off slowly. Don't
throw yourself into working out five days a week, as with
any new activity you need to ease yourself into it. Even if
you just start by walking, you're doing your body a favor.
Exercise is necessary for our body's to stay healthy, along
with good eating habits. Again, be sure to visit your doctor
before starting any new exercise program.
Hank Lunton is the owner and operator of Sole Exercise,
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