Daily or bi-weekly workouts are important; not only for your physical health but your overall health. Most health experts agree that regular exercise and good nutrition can maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of certain health disorders such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
It is important to note that the American Heart Association recommends “a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity” a day; five times a week. Health experts agree that exercise is more effective if it is brisk and where holding a conversation is a bit difficult. If your day is busy and you find that you can’t fit exercise into your daily routine; then walk during your lunch time or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
It’s a known fact that regular exercise can make your brain function more effectively and give you a more stable mental outlook. Regular exercise can also reduce depression, anxiety and improve your self-esteem. Most importantly, regular exercise may reduce your risk of heart disease. One way to make your workouts more effective is by keeping your workouts short; such as 30-40 minutes. Keep in mind that your workouts are more effective if they are more intense and high-quality. For some, shorter workouts work better because you are focusing more on the exercise routine itself and not on the amount of time you are spending on the workout.
Another way to make your workouts more effective is to know what you will be doing. It is important not to waste time before exercising; trying to decide which routine to begin with. By knowing what routines you will do, you will save time and this will help you to focus on your workout routine. Always begin with a warm up and then some stretching exercises.
Some exercise experts also say that it is important to focus on your big muscles first such as your chest, legs, and back. Most importantly, if you are just starting out, take it slow. Once you have exercised regularly for a certain amount of time, say several weeks, then increase the intensity to help add to the effectiveness of the workout.
Keep in mind, as you continue with your workout; be sure to keep you strength up. This can be done by consuming soy or whey protein shakes. Of course, drinking plenty of water throughout the day is very important. Make sure that you consume carbohydrates throughout the day. They are your body’s main source of fuel.
Another effective workout routine is to engage in balance lifting. Instead of doing exercises where you are sitting down or holding on to something; try doing them standing up or on a Swiss exercise ball. These exercises are more effective because they force you to balance yourself and that helps your core muscles to work better.
Some also suggest choosing a cardio exercise that you enjoy such as swimming, biking, hiking or walking. Once you get used to the exercise, you will enjoy it much more.
Most importantly, now and then mix up your exercise routine. If you don’t mix it up now and then, your workout routine will become dull and eventually ineffective.
To conclude, workouts can be effective toward keeping you in shape and in good health; however, to ensure that they stay effective, mix them up now and then, find exercises you enjoy, know how you want your routine to go and then enjoy!