It always blows my mind how very few people exercise. We are all so focused on chasing money and the good things of life, that we forget that we need to be healthy and alive to enjoy these things. When you finally start that exercise programme, here are 3 simple P’s to guide you in this new adventure.
What are your goals? Why exactly are you doing this? What do you want to get out of it? These are questions you need to answer in order to come up with an effective and efficient goal.
If you have a trainer, then he or she should be able to help you with this, if not all well and good, as you can easily create one yourself. A plan should include strategies to achieve a desired goal.
Your partner could be your trainer, friend or spouse. Statistics says that people that have workout partners tend to be consistent with their program more than loners.
When this is successfully done ensure you start gradually by doing low intensity routines, like walking, swimming, dance aerobics (low impact), etc. for at least 20 minutes and gradually increase the time and pace over time. Remember to take a lot of liquid to replenish your body and don’t forget to put on safe clothing especially proper exercising shoes.
It is very important to consult your physician before you start exercising, please do not take unnecessary risks. When using exercise equipment ensure you use those that you cannot fall on or slip from. If you have shortness of breath before you exercise, be sure that it passes before you start. And if you have any of the following symptoms while you are exercising, stop immediately and contact your doctor:
- Dizziness or Feeling Faint
- Muscle Weakness
- Chest Pain
- Calf Pain Or Swelling
- Rapid Heartbeat While At Rest
Never give in to frustration when exercising, especially when you feel as though you are not achieving anything. There is always something to gain when exercising, you might not see the immediate benefits, but in the long run, your consistency pays.