Exercise is a crucial part to living a long, healthy, and happy life. While there are some who still beat the odds, most of us didn’t win that genetic lottery. For all of us who have to work to stay healthy, the exercise principles below are for you.
If you want to get the most out of exercise then you need to know what you want. People exercise for different reasons. An elderly couple wanting to maintain flexibility and balance in their old age will be doing things differently than a cross country runner. An obese man trying to lose weight will have different goals than a professional weight lifter. A model, wanting to look her best for a bikini shoot will be working different muscle groups than a wrestler.
These are all examples of different aspects of exercise. So before you begin a workout you need to ask what is your goal. Do you want endurance? What about strength? Do you want bulk or just definition? Are you looking to lose weight or just maintain muscle tone and flexibility? We’ll go over all of these and more, but it’s important to know what you want since different exercises will help or hurt you in your different goals.
Now if you haven’t already thought about it, take a moment and decide what do you want from working out.
If you’re not sure whether you even want to exercise, this post goes over some reasons why it’s better than just relying on diet alone: Benefits of Exercise
Picking the type of exercise that’s best for you:
As I mentioned already, there are lots of different exercises, with each one providing different types of benefit. Are you interested in fat burning? Muscle building? Do you know whether aerobic or anaerobic exercise is better, or what they even are? Take a look at the Exercise Mechanics section to understand what each type of exercise does and which is best for you.
How to get started:
Sometimes, especially if you are new to exercising, haven’t done much physically in a while, or if you have health concerns (heart problems, asthma, arthritis, etc…), just starting can seem daunting. Just remember, the goal of our blog is to help you change your life in as painless a way as possible. Slow progress with lasting changes is better than going all out for a week then giving up because you pulled a muscle and can’t walk anymore.
Take a look at this How to Get Started post for ideas on how to begin when even beginning seems hard.