It has often been the thought that rigorous physical exercises are the best way to stay fit and healthy; it now appears that this is not the best approach and the latest way of thinking is “less is more”. To expand on this, if you were to use a running machine it is better to run at 7mph for 20 minutes than to run at 14mph for 10 minutes!
Obviously different exercise regimes will suit different people therefore before embarking on a fitness programme it may be wise to seek professional advice i.e. from your doctor or a fitness instructor, the last thing you would need is for the programme to have a detrimental effect on your well being.
Having taken advice and if applicable you decide to begin physical exercises it is always prudent to “run before you can walk”. Start with the formulae that suits you, don’t attempt to become fit and healthy overnight or you are sure to suffer following your first bout of exercising. A good brisk walk is as good a way to start as any this will break you in gently before you attempt the jogging or bending or stretching movements, this will warm up the body gradually. Always remember that warm muscles are less likely to damage than cold ones, also tendons and ligaments need to work in conjunction with muscles, therefore warming up is an important part of exercising, not only is warming up important so is warming/cooling down after you have finished your physical exercises. Warming/cooling down returns the body to a state of homeostasis (back to as it was before exercise), having finished your main exercises this is a more low intensity programme for about 10-20 minutes to remove the lactic acid from your muscles to assist with a quicker recovery from the exertion.
It is very easy to assume you are fitter than you actually are, so consider the amount of exercising that you can do when you first begin. It is no good spending one night ‘working out’ only to spend the next three or four days being unable to move or being in complete agony every time you do move.
There is no reason why a well thought out and organised programme of physical exercises cannot lead to a better and more enjoyable lifestyle for those who relish more than just being a couch potato.
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