Getting Active

Being physically active is essential to healthy living. Have a look at this fantastic video by Doctor Mike Evans just to get an idea on how great exercising can be for you.

 

 

 

Hopefully you feel motivated after that! Now, there are numerous ways you can get active such as participating in a walking group, playing an organized sport or even joining a gym. Try to choose activities from different categories of physical exercise so your body gets a good variety.

 

Here are some tips to get you started;

 

Learn about the different types of physical exercise and their benefits.

 

Flexibility (Stretching/Range of Motion) exercises, such as stretching, improves the range of motion of muscles and joints.

 

Aerobic (Cardiovascular) exercises, such as cycling, swimming, walking, skipping rope, rowing, running, hiking or playing tennis, focus on increasing cardiovascular endurance.

 

Anaerobic exercises, such as functional training, eccentric training or sprinting, increase short-term muscle strength.

 

Strength Training (Resistance) exercises

Resistance or strength training incorporates body-weight exercise, resistance bands, weights, weight machines and weighted medicine balls to increase muscular strength, endurance and power. Depending on the program design, resistance training might increase muscular size, tone, strength or function.

Tip: Wikipedia has more detailed information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_exercise

 

Set some goals

Don’t underestimate how important this step is. Make sure your goals are achievable and that you have a real plan to reach them. Include goals that get you active in the community such as “Jog your first 5K” or “Join a Charity Bike Ride”

Tip: Here is a good website that helps you to set exercise goals.

http://exercise.about.com/cs/weightloss/a/exercisegoals.htm