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We all know the benefits of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise is beneficial to our health in many ways. For instance, being active can control our weight, prevent diseases, improve our mood and give us energy.
If we know how great exercise is, why is it so hard for us to exercise regularly? Just thinking about getting up and going to the gym can feel like a chore and and even cause anxiety for many people. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Making a routine that is tailored to your own individual needs will help you to be successful in your fitness goals.
Creating an exercise plan that fits into your schedule and incorporates cardio exercise, strength training and flexibility, will keep your daily routines fresh and get you motivated to be active each and every day.
It is essential to get your heart rate up in order to burn fat. Cardio is a great way to burn calories and reduce fat. Current guidelines suggest about thirty minutes of physical activity a day. Not ready for an intense cardio session? Walking is a great way to get started.
Choose a place to walk that you are comfortable with such as a park, the beach, or a place where there is beautiful scenery for you to view along the way. Make sure you are wearing a comfortable pair of shoes and then walk at a brisk, steady pace. Keeping your arms at a 90-degree angle and moving your hands from your waist to chest height will increase your speed.
If walking’s too dull, try some other great cardio options:
- Spinning – fun, intense indoor group cycling classes. If you dig getting your heart pumping to great music, this is the cardio for you.
- Running – if you hate group classes, pop in headphones and go for a run. Start slow and make sure you get the best running shoes for your gait.
- Rowing – this is a whole-body workout that will get you in shape while delivering toned arms and legs. There’s probably a rowing machine at your gym, but if not, check around and see if there’s a rowing club in your area.
- Swimming – swimming is relaxing, but also great for keeping in shape. It’s a no-impact workout that gets your heart rate up while letting you escape from the world.
Strength training can consist of weight bands, weight machines or free weights.
It’s important to incorporate strength training with your cardio routine because it helps to improve your body’s ratio of lean muscle mass to fat. It is suggested to do strength training at least two times a week. Keep challenging your muscles by increasing the weight when your sets begin to get easier for you to complete.
It is also important to give your muscles a break. Make sure to allow at least 48 hours for your muscles to recover. By purchasing dumbbells, strength training can be done in the convenience of your own home.
With strength training, form is everything. Don’t just jump into it. Try classes like Crossfit or BodyPump with instructors who will help you keep the correct form. It’s also worth it to invest in a personal trainer who can start you on the way to strength training properly and develop a training plan that’s right for your goals.
Flexibility exercises can consist of yoga, stretching, or Pilates. These exercises help stretch your muscles so that they will be able to easier achieve their full range of motion. The more you stretch, the more limber you will become. By achieving full range of motion, your athletic performance will improve as well as the day-to-day tasks of bending and reaching.
But flexibility exercises aren’t just limited to yoga or Pilates. Check out if there’s a Pop Physique in your area or a cool Bar Method class. Plus, yoga classes are so ubiquitous now that you’re sure to find one to pique your interest. 21st Yoga in Salt Lake City even offers late-night glow yoga classes set to the music of Radiohead.
It’s easy to find an exercise routine that is right for you by starting off gradually and setting realistic goals. The key is to create and focus on activities that are enjoyable to you and make you want to get up and get active.
Once you figure out what works best for you, working out will no longer be a chore but something you look forward to.