Want a Long and Healthy Life?
Of course you do. How, then can this be achieved?
There has been a meteoric rise in deaths from chronic illness most particularly in US and Britain. Why? Although not the only reason, poor diet and lack of exercise plays a huge part in this problem.
Also the populations of these countries are used to having everything done for them and not doing things for themselves. The couch potato society has a lot to answer for. What is worse for health than sitting, watching TV and scoffing huge amounts of dreadful high cholesterol fast food. We don’t even get up to change channels since the advent of the channel changer!
It is imperative therefore if we want to live longer and healthier lives to take more exercise. It needn’t be expensive trips to the gym, there are loads of things to do which cost hardly anything or even nothing at all.
Let’s look at ways to get motivated and start an exercise regime. Once you get started you never know you may enjoy it.
Always check with your GP before trying a new exercise routine so you don't attempt anything that's unsafe or beyond your capabilities. This is not necessary for walking or normal everyday exercise. Always walk upstairs, try to avoid taking lifts.
Take time to get proper instruction on different types of exercise and encourage a friend or family member to join you to ensure a more relaxed environment.
Enjoy what you do. If you don’t like the routine of slogging away on the treadmill and it’s torture, stroll outdoors or doing an altogether more engaging activity. It's crucial to make exercise something you like doing, otherwise you'll dread getting round to it.
Set realistic goals. If you're not clear about how and why you want to get fit, you're unlikely to stick to a routine. Having clear objectives and a challenging, yet achievable goal will motivate you to keep going.
Reward yourself.There's no better way to sustain your motivation to get fit than immediate gratification.So, when you reach the halfway point of your goal, treat yourself to something like a nice dinner out or that new handbag you've had your eye on. Share your accomplishment with family and friends, as acknowledgement of success will inspire you to further press on towards your goal.
Fit in fitness whenever possible.Did you know that six five-minute spurts of exercise can be just as beneficial as one 30-minute workout?
That means it's fine if you can't do your workout all in one go - just break up exercise throughout the day. One way of doing this would be to use the Nintendo Wii Fit, which allows you to dip in and out of a fun-filled fitness routine while maintaining a serious objective.
Take it one day at a time and the more gradually you take on an exercise plan, the more likely you are to achieve your goals. Your body will adjust better if you start slowly, and you'll get stronger without injuring yourself.
Also Vary your fitness activity and balance what you do. Engaging in various forms of exercise is the key to a balanced, fit body. Try yoga, strength training, aerobics and balance exercises in equal measure in order to achieve an all-round fitness objective.
Skip a day. Exercise obsession is as bad as none at all because it's physically and mentally counterproductive.
Allowing your muscles to rest and rejuvenate is a crucial part of being healthy and achieving maximum results.
And giving yourself a mental break prevents burn-out and makes you more likely to stick to a long-term exercise plan. Listen to your body and if you're having an off-day, take it easy and rest.
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