Incorporating a regular exercise routine is necessary when trying to live healthy lifestyle.
When you combine exercise with a healthy diet, you can reduce stress, maintain a healthy weight, increase your lifespan, and improve your quality of life. When you’ve made the decision to add exercise to your life, make sure you approach it the right way. Exercise is not something you should just jump into.
The first thing to be done prior to starting any workout routine is to assess how fit you are.
Anyone with major health risks, males aged 45 and older, and women aged 55 and older should get medical clearance.
Set realistic goals for yourself and start with an exercise program you think you will enjoy.
Remember not to jump right into a hardcore routine. If too intense out of the gate, you could burn out fast as well as open yourself up to injury. Listen to your body. Take small steps and gradually increase the workouts. Set small goals for yourself daily or weekly and as a time progresses, increase them. If these goals involve doing something you like, it’s more likely you’ll keep at it. Enjoyment is the key to committing to anything.
Individual Commitment is mandatory when implementing exercise into your lifestyle.
It should be a priority and on your daily radar much like grocery shopping or getting that cup of coffee in the morning. If you feel like you need an extra push to help you get started, find a workout partner. Exercise is not only more fun with a friend, but your partner can help keep you accountable and motivated.
Try working from the inside out.
If you’re just starting an exercise program, go into it with the mentality that you’re doing it for your health. Build a base for yourself first and the body will follow as you start to progress.
For heart health, the AHA recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity,such as walking, on most days of the week.
To gauge your level of intensity, try the “talk test.”
Make sure you can carry on a basic level of conversation without being too winded. But if you can easily sing a song, you’re not working hard enough. Pick up the pace!
Routine is key.
Schedule your workouts on your calendar and incorporate them as part of your lifestyle. This is one habit we can all benefit from.
As you progress, remember to revisit those short and long term goals you made to yourself when you started.
Keeping a record of these goals and being able to see your progress will help keep you present and motivated. Have an honest conversation with yourself about what you achieved that week and what can be done the following week to keep it dynamic. Allow for new goals. Look back, look forward, reassess your new goals and start bringing your fitness to the next level. Also keep in mind, the process never stops. Wash, rinse, and repeat? Same thing, but you repeat with something more challenging.
Drinking water is absolutely the best thing you can do for your body! Always have water on hand throughout the day.
Eat your protein!
You NEED protein to feed and repair your muscles. It is recommended you have around 1 gram per pound of body weight a day.