is just as important as health, and in reality,
fitness correlates directly with our health. If
we are not taking care of our bodies, we get sick.
you start, there are a few things you will want
to keep in mind.
you have been sitting around for a long time, you
can't start with a full fitness routine. You will
want to start slow and build your fitness level
little by little.
you try to do too much at first, you will likely
give up because it left you too sore or weak. Start
by walking every other day. Walking is the best
exercise you can do. It involves the entire body
and you don't need any special equipment to walk.
A good pair of shoes is nice but don't let your
old shoes keep you from walking.
always, check with your doctor before starting any
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It would be great to be able to jump right into
a hard workout, feel great, and see instant results.
However, it is important to be realistic about several
things. First, you need to understand that you more
than likely will not (or should not) start out with
a hard workout if you have not been in a regular
exercise routine. Start out slow and do not set
yourself up for failure by expecting miracles overnight.
Getting fit takes time and with commitment, you
will reach your goals.
Try to envision how great you will look and feel
once you get in shape. If you can, find a picture
of someone that has the same body type and pin it
up where you can look at it every day to help you
see the same results you too can reach with hard
work and time.
Often when trying to get in shape, it seems like
you are working hard and sweating, but getting nowhere.
In actuality, things are happening, just not yet
seen. Keep track of two things in particular. First,
track your measurements. You will probably be surprised
within only a few weeks at the progress made. Second,
track your routines so you can determine what is
working for you and what is not as successful.
Before you start your exercise routine you will
need to get your joints warmed up. Do this by slowly
stretching all the joints in your body. Repeat each
stretch several times until you can feel the stiffness
Just as warming up for exercise is important, cooling
down after exercise is just as important. Once you
have completed your workout, take five to 10 minutes
to walk, or stretch to allow your body to cool down.
This is very important for the muscles and joints
and for the heart and lung.
If you suffer from asthma, you already know that
some sports should be avoided, depending on the
severity. If you have trouble on a daily basis and
love sports, be encouraged to know that some sports
are asthma friendly and in fact, can be helpful
in that they help make the lungs stronger. These
sports include swimming, cycling, and fishing, walking,
and canoeing. Again, check with your physician before
getting involved with any sport if you have a health
Aerobic exercise can actually be beneficial for
people with diabetes. This exercise increases the
insulin sensitivity and when combined with good
eating, can help restore a normal glucose metabolism.
Before starting into a workout program, you need
to see your doctor first to determine if there are
any risks for coronary artery disease and that your
blood glucose control is appropriate for exercise.
Once cleared, you will feel better and see for you
the benefits associated with exercise.
to the Gym
Working out at home is a good option and for some
people, they are committed enough to actually make
it work. However, for the majority of
people wanting to get into shape, the inspiration,
competitiveness, and encouragement received from
working out in a gym is the way to go. Although
it will require a small investment, make the decision
to find a gym that offers state-of-the-art equipment,
qualified staff, and fun classes where you can enjoy
at the Gym
Getting to the gym is a great way to get fit. However,
there are other benefits to going to the gym. You
will have the opportunity to expand your social
ring by making new friends, all working to get fit
just like you. This will provide needed encouragement,
which in turn helps you to stay motivated.
In addition to a good aerobic exercise, you should
add weight training in, which will help balance
out the fitness routine and provide you with the
best results. If you are not sure where to start,
a professional trainer can help get you started
on a healthy program.