Why Exercise And Tips To Start
Exercise is a great way to look and feel better and possibly add years to your life. A proper exercise program may assist in preventing both the number one and two killers in the U.S., heart disease and cancer. It can be beneficial to diabetes, pre diabetes, depression, anxiety, of course it can assist with weight loss and a host of other things. Who can be against that?
Generally the most difficult thing about incorporating exercise into a routine is getting started. That’s why there is an old saying that the first rule of working out is showing up! And showing up does not have to be at a gym. With so many pieces of home exercise equipment and videos, showing up can be to your living room!
There have even been studies to suggest that you can achieve the same or similar benefits by spreading out your exercise throughout the day. So if you do not have time to do 30 minutes of treadmill during the day, do two sessions of 15 minutes or three of ten minutes.
When it comes to getting started, meet yourself where you are – Factor in your health, your schedule, what can afford. Whether you can benefit from a workout partner.
Do what you can to begin with – Your choices are not run a 26 mile marathon or do nothing. I remember when I was in college I was getting over a bad case of mononucleosis. I was walking/jogging around a track and when I stopped, a friend told me I didn’t do enough to reap any benefits whatsoever. When I challenged his assertion, he cited the knowledgeable professor he got his information from. I countered with, even if what our professor stated it true from a cardio perspective (I don’t think it was), I am in the process of getting back in shape and am building to the point you are speaking of.
Start with small achievable exercise goals, a five minute walk, some sit ups, etc.. – Part of your entree into the exercise world can include a few minutes a day researching online different ways and things to do to get started.
Make it fun – I’m not a fan of the stationary bike. Try different forms of exercise, maybe listen to music, watch TV while doing cardio, etc..
Build from there – After you’ve comfortably gotten started, you can start to build. You can look into gyms, and or increase your workout intensity. Lots of people who start to exercise find that it increases a desire to eat healthier. If this is you, start to explore what healthy additions or unhealthy subtractions you can make to your diet.
So after just three tips you’re already getting some regular exercise and eating healthier… Awesome!
Don’t compare yourself to others – There are several aspects to this. One, people will not experience benefits at the same rate. Diet, genes, and preexisting health play a role in how we respond to exercise.
To compare yourself to someone else on the basis of exercise alone, is not fair to you.
Two, you don’t want to over train and risk injury or burnout. Again, you are unique. Your health is unique, susceptibility to injury is unique, and so on. Go at pace that you are comfortable with. What you’re friends are doing, other people at the gym… not relevant. Push yourself to the point where you feel a little challenged, and so that you make progress, but that’s it.
When I was in my twenties and thirties, I lived by the axiom, no pain, no gain. Numerous injuries later and into my 40’s I’ve traded no pain no gain for: lived to fight another day! I listen to my body and I stop when I feel I should.
Three, don’t compare yourself to your past self! Doesn’t matter what you did, didn’t do in the past or what you looked liked. This is about the here and now and making good decisions for yourself going forward. And for most of us, exercise is a good decision!
One of the great things about exercise is that is really is addictive, and for a change, this addiction can be very good for your mental and physical health!
Don’t think of exercise as something you have to do, think of it as something you get to do! That thing you may have heard of, called a runner’s high is real.
Exercise provides a good mental break from the day. Physiologically, stress on stress relieves stress. For example, if your angry about something, exercise will help you expend that energy and at least temporarily alleviate a lot of that negative energy and perhaps allow you to revisit the cause of your anger in a calmer state.
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