Thursday, March 19, 2009

Way to get started now

Here’s an action plan to get you pumping.

>Exercise is very important in our lives no matter what our age. It is said that older adults (60 years and above) with active lifestyles are often as healthy as less active people aged 15 years younger. Indeed, inactivity is just as harmful to your health as smoking.

>Once you become more active, you’ll find that you have more energy. You’ll fell less stressed and sleep better. Plus, you’ll have better control of your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. There’ll be a spring on your steps and you’ll be more self confident. What more encouragement do you need?

START NOW! It’s never too late to start. Don’t get bogged down into thinking that it’s too late for you to start. There are no rules or age limits to working out. The important thing is to start today. Don’t keep making excuses about being too busy, too old or too out of shape. Everyone, including people with physical limitations and chronic conditions, can benefit from working out.

Choose activities that you enjoy – you’ll be surprised at how quickly time goes by. Before you know it, you might never have tried doing the activity you enjoy. So if you enjoy dancing, enroll in dance studio close to where you live. If you like walking, then make time for it. Variety is the key to finding your one true exercise. Try different activities you enjoy until you find the ones that suit you. Along the way, you’ll meet new friends and together establish a routine.

Fine the most convenient time to work out – exercise at times that suit you, otherwise it will feel like a chore. Your aim should be to fit physical activity into you everyday schedule. For beginners, it might be advisable to work out in the late afternoons or in the evenings when your body is more flexible as it has gotten used to activity.

Start out slowly – don’t jump into a demanding workout right away. Slow and sure is the technique to staying in a workout plan. As you become more used to the activity, you can increase the intensity of the exercise. Starting slowly will help you develop a routine without feeling daunted.

Find a workout buddy – nothing can be more encouraging than having someone to work out with. It may be your spouse, sibling or best friends. Whoever you choose, the motivation to work out regularly has a better rate of success than exercising by your lonesome.

Set your goals – set a simple goal for your self, such as walking three times a week, golf once a week, or using the stairs instead of the elevator. Gradually set new goals as you improve.

Go to a gym – still clueless on how to get started? Go to the experts. Try enrolling at a reputable fitness center. Seek that help of a fitness professional who can lead you through the stages of sticking to an exercise plan slowly and safely.

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