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 gradually.

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, the #1 source on the internet for information about Exercise,
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