It’s common knowledge that physical exercise is what will really ignite our souls, get the adrenaline pumping and make sure that we’re ready to seize the day.
It’s important to embark on a varied exercise programme so that you don’t get bored. And you really don’t need expensive gym memberships, special gear or equipment.
A little bit of science…A
Aerobic ExerciseAerobic or cardiovascular exercises like brisk walking, jogging, swimming and bicycling help strengthen your heart because it keeps it pumping at a higher rate for an extended period of time.
Anaerobic Exercise While aerobic exercise involves lower intensity sustained for several minutes or even hours, anaerobic exercises are short and fast, and they help increase muscle strength.
Strength TrainingStrength or resistance training can build stamina and help replace body fat with lean muscle mass, which encourages your body to burn calories more efficiently. Strength training also helps counteract muscle loss associated with aging.
StretchingStretching is an important element in a fitness program. Stretching your body two or three times a week or after each aerobic or strength training workout can improve circulation and range of motion in your joints.
Regardless of your level of fitness, setting a goal is really helpful and will motivate you on those days that you really can’t be bothered. Make sure you write it down…What do you want to achieve? Do you want to feel fitter, sleep better, tone up, lose weight? Everything is within your reach!
Below are 4 simple steps to get you on the road to physical and mental fitness…
Create a workout plan consisting of 3 x 40 minute workouts each week.
Do a reality check – what can you realistically commit to? Start slowly and easily, a little exercise is better than none at all.
Get support – training with a friend is much easier so that you motivate each other.
Warning: make sure you have a little fitness check with the doc before starting any new fitness programme!