If you are like me you always intend to exercise or start a new exercise program or routine. However, life gets in the way and we don't keep to our promise due to conflicts in our daily schedules. Here are some tips to have a successful exercise routine/program.
If you are beyond middle age or have a serious health concern, visit your doctor before starting a new exercise program. You will want your doctor's advice and clearance for any program, especially if you have a known health condition.
This is excellent advice for especially seniors, but also good for the younger generation. If you start a new program in full swing, you may find yourself so sore that you will give in and stop. Start slowly, build up your muscles and strength before increasing workout lengths or severity.
Warming up your body to a workout is very important. Stretching gets your muscles loosened up and prepares them for a workout. The same can be said for the end of your workout. Always do a cool down. Walking for 10-15 minutes at the end of your program is a great way to cool down.
You need a good balance between strength training and cardio workouts. Plan to alternate the two throughout the week. If you don't have a weight bench at home consider using hand held weights. Cardio can be obtained from workouts on DVDs, jogging, or anything that gets your body moving!
Keeping a workout journal keeps you in line for continuing your workout program. Record each day you workout, for how long, exercises done, and your expectations for improving your workout. Set goals. Always strive to have a better workout!
I sure like all your tips here on this list.
Writing it down certainly helps keep me on track and stay motivated - I use mapmywalk.com to map my walks and store other exercises too :)
This is a good reminder about mixing the cardio and strength training. I am good at exercising but not good at strength training.
These are great tips for anyone who is thinking about starting an exercise program.
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