There’s no time like the present to get in shape!
It’s May, and that means it’s National Physical Fitness and Sports month! This year, the Presidential Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition is running two great campaigns to promote fitness: #0to60 and #MoveInMay.
If you decide to get in shape, you will not be alone. More and more people are deciding that a sedentary lifestyle is not the way to go. People are taking up jogging, joining gyms, training for obstacle runs, biking the trails, and finding fun ways to integrate exercise into their lives. It doesn’t take long to feel the positive effects. Consider the health benefits of regular exercise:
- Better metabolism
- Reduced body fat
- Healthier lungs
- Healthier heart
- Stronger muscles
- Improved mood
- Relief of stress
- Better blood pressure
Starting out slowly
So what do you do if you are out of shape and don’t know where to begin? The first thing you should do get a physical. Your doctor can give you an idea of a safe exercise plan to get you started.
Next, it’s time to figure out what kind of exercise you want to do. Think about what kinds of exercise will fit your lifestyle best. Some people are very social and prefer to go walking or running with a group of friends. Others prefer to put on the headphones and workout in a gym by themselves. Some like to use fitness trackers and compete against themselves to improve each week. Others like to have a personal fitness trainer to serve as their inspiration. Whatever your style, take some time to figure out what you might like and go for it!
To help ensure the best result, it’s a good idea to start out slowly. You don’t want to overtax your heart or muscles the very first day of working out. If you do, you’ll be too sore the next day to do it again! Instead, start out with a workout that is manageable for your level of fitness.
The fours pillars of exercise
Most personal fitness trainers will tell you that it’s important to incorporate different types of exercise into your weekly habits. The four main training areas are:
- Cardiovascular: workouts that get your heart rate up
- Strength-building: building muscles throughout your body
- Flexibility: keeping your muscles and joints limber
- Balance: improving your balance, which is especially important as you age
Do you think you’re ready to start? Remember, the best part about exercising is that getting in shape can make you look better and feel better. Physical fitness is important during every stage of your life, and the sooner you make it a regular habit, the better you will feel about yourself. So why not take a step in the right direction and lace up your sneakers today? Your body will thank you!
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