The hardest part about starting a beginners regular exercise routine happens right at the beginning – when you make that conscious decision to get started. Once you have made that decision to improve your fitness and mental well-being, the next question is what do you do. You need to keep yourself moving if you want to get any results. Of course, nobody is asking you to train for the Olympics or to train military style.
What is most important is to find the best workout plan and exercise intensity that suits you. So consult your doctor and find a professional trainer that will guide you through your exercise workouts or give you safe and proper directions based on your existing health conditions and personal fitness goals.
Physical Activity Rules
Your body will reward you for incorporating a variety of exercises of differing intensities to your current lifestyle. Addition of any form of physical activity to your current lifestyle will greatly boost your overall mood and physical fitness. Options are countless, from walking, running, dancing, biking to gym training and group workouts. The usual recommendation is minimum 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day.
And remember even if you are not able to devote that amount of time all the time, any physical activity of any period is better than none!! It is like a magic pill; it will improve your mental health and overall well-being, resolve health problems and reduce the risk or prevent several diseases. No one ever got healthier by being a couch potato.
Basic Steps of An Exercise Program
Walking, running, biking or rope jumping – choices for cardiovascular activity at the beginning of your exercise workout are numerous. Usually, it should last for maximum 20 minutes of your whole workout. Strength conditioning, the second part of your workout, should target different major muscle groups. The weights you use should allow you to perform at least 12 repetitions in a row for each exercise. If you feel the weight is too light, you can either add some weight or increase the number of repetitions.
Lastly, stretch at the end of your workout to improve your flexibility and help your body recover faster from your workout. Stretches should be done slowly, do not bounce or push yourself too hard and hold each stretch for about 10 to 30 seconds.
There are also supplements in the market that you can consider taking to aid with muscle recovery or overall general health.
Most importantly, always find a professional and competent person who can guide you along the way in achieving your health and fitness goals.