You’ve decided to start exercising. That’s great. Cheers to your first step to better and healthier body and mind
Exercise can help you lose weight, trim your body, prevent and even cure some diseases.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to follow a strict, time-consuming regimen the gym. There are many different types and levels of exercise that have great benefits, if you know how.
Remember that any physical activity is going to be of great benefit to your health.
Your exercise options are endless, including walking,dancing, jogging, running, biking — even doing the household chores. The important thing is to enjoy sports so that it would become a habit, so that you can reap its benefits.
And how much exercise should you do? For heart health at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking, at least 5 days a week.
But even if you’re getting less than that, you’re still going to see benefits. Even 5 or 10 minutes of moving around is good for your health.
The first step to any workout routine is to evaluate how fit you are. At this phase It’s wise to consult an internist and get a blood test for iron and perhaps other evlautions as advised by your doctor.
If you have any health risks, or older than 45 years should get a medical checkup before strating to exercise. But no matter what your health condition is, you can usually work out in some way.
After evaluating your fitness level, you will have to set goals.
Ask yourself: Why do I want to exercise?
For example, do you want to lose weight? Keep your weight? Gain weight? Look slimmer? Correct your posture? Compete in a sport? Treat a health condition?
Set goals. Make sure your goals are SMART
- Specific – I want to lose 5 Kg
- Measurable – by running 4 Km a day.
- Attainable – you can’t lose 5 Kg in a week. You just can’t.
- Realistic – think of your budget and available time.
- Time-related – by end of the year.
Start low and increase your level gradually over the course of days and weeks.
Many beginners make the mistake of starting out too aggressively, only to give up when they end up tired, sore, or injured. And this is wrong. What you really want to do is to develop some new habits that you can stick with on the long run.
All the best!