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How to Start Exercising (Part 1 of 3)

A Beginners Guide on How to Start Exercising

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health.

In fact, you’ll begin to see and feel the benefits consistent physical activity can have on your body, mental health and overall well-being quite quickly.

If you’re considering starting to exercise, that’s a great first step, but still don’t know where to begin, then this 3 part article is a simple guide you can follow to help get you started.

Understanding The Reason Why You Should Exercise?

Regular exercise has been shown to improve your health significantly.

Its primary benefits include helping you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and muscle mass and reducing your risk for chronic diseases allowing you to live a happier and healthier life, for long term.

Additionally, research has shown that exercise can lift your mood, boost your mental health, maintain good energy levels, help you sleep better and even enhance your sex life.

In short, exercise is powerful and can help improve your life.

Common Types of Exercises

There are various types of exercise, including:

  • Aerobic. The core of any fitness program should include some form of continuous movement. Examples include boxing, swimming, running, and dancing.

  • Strength. These exercises help increase muscle power and strength. Examples include resistance training, plyometrics, weightlifting, and sprinting.

  • Calisthenics. These moves are usually performed without gym equipment using large muscle groups. They’re done at a medium aerobic pace. Examples include lunges, sit-ups, pushups, and pullups.

  • High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This type of exercise includes repetitions of short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by low-intensity exercises or rest periods.

  • Boot camps. These are timed-based, high-intensity circuits that combine aerobic and resistance exercises.

  • Balance or Stability. These exercises are designed to strengthen muscles and improves body coordination. Examples include Pilates, tai chi poses, and core-strengthening exercises.

  • Flexibility. These types of exercises help muscle recovery, maintain range of motion, and prevent injuries. Examples include yoga or individual muscle-stretch movements.

The activities above can be done individually or combined. The important thing is to do what works best for you and to have fun with it. A good coach will guide you to the right type of exercise to enable you to reach your goals and stick to it.

Our next article will explain How to Get Started.. (Part 2 of 3)

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