Staying with Exercise

Long-term exercise has significant benefits for overall wellness. Here are some keys to staying with fitness routines.

Start safe. If you are inactive, a male over 45 or a female over 55, get your physician’s approval before starting an exercise routine. Also, learn your target heart rate range. When exercising if your heart rate is too low you can be wasting time, and when it is too high you could be in danger.

Start right. Attend a fitness orientation or personal training session to learn how to properly use equipment and do functional training. Initially, some professional advice can be invaluable.

Go today. Instead of waiting until after the holidays, January 1st or next week start today! Initially, exercise just a few minutes every other day and gradually progress to five times per week.

Go slow. You are on a journey and not in a race. In early January the fitness industry has numerous people who have good intentions and aggressively begin to exercise, yet by mid-January many are injured or in too much pain to continue. Avoid doing too much too soon.

Do what you like. You will most likely continue activities you enjoy. Hence, it is essential to try various cardio, resistance and flexibility routines, so you know what you like. Many people enjoy exercising with others, so meet a friend at the gym or participate in group exercise classes.

Learn when to exercise. People develop preferred times to work-out, and you could be best in the early morning, noon, late afternoon or early evening. Learn the best time for you, and then schedule your exercise routines like very important meetings.

Focus on yourself. Body types have various shapes and sizes, and avoid comparing yourself to others. When you combine smart nutrition and consistent exercise you will see results.

Change it up. Over time, your body will get used to certain routines. Be open to change exercises and learn fresh formats to realize more fitness. This is a reason cross training is popular and beneficial.

Take a break. Proper rest is necessary for a long-term fitness routine. Also, if you get sick or experience situations that interrupt your exercise routine get back to doing the activities you enjoy.

Chris Hagman ACE, USPTA

Staying with Exercise