Beginning to Exercise: You Have to Start Somewhere

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June 20, 2012 by themagicherb

There are several different components of fitness

  1. Cardio
  2. Strength training
  3. Flexibility
  4. Balance

When beginning physical exercise the best way is to start small and work your way up. Begin with 15 minutes of cardio on your first day and add 5 minutes every day for your first week until you are up to 30 minutes, which is the recommended amount of cardio per exercise session. When you are comfortable with that, add strength training to your workout. Keep adding time, speed, and weight as you go. Remember: small steps!

Great ideas for cardio are swimming, biking, jogging, and taking a dance or cycling class. There is no right or wrong way to exercise. The key is to find the activities you like to do and stick to them. The more you like it the more you’re likely to stay motivated.

You don’t need an expensive gym to get in shape. You can exercise anywhere, at home, at work, or best of all in nature (your free gym). All you need are the right tools. It can helpful to talk to trainer so they can get you on the right track. The idea is to stay strong and not quit!

Once your exercise has become easier that means your body has adapted to it and you have to change it up. Add flexibility and balance, like yoga or tai chi to your workout routine. There are probably some great classes in your area or pick up a few new workout DVDs. Just have fun!


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