Basic Exercise Guidelines that Promote Health Improvement

These basic exercise guidelines turn your workout into an investment in your health

Not many people care for exercise guidelines. We like to do things our own way. While that is fine in some scenarios, this isn’t always the case for exercise.

Meeting your health and fitness goals can be hard without a clear visual of what you want and how to get there. That is why the following exercise guidelines may be helpful for getting started or turning a new leaf. Check them out below.

Consider these Exercise Guidelines

First, Talk with Your Healthcare Provider

Before starting any new exercise plan, talk about it with your healthcare provider. They may give you safety precautions and help you pace your time spent exercising.

Find Something Enjoyable 

You are less likely to exercise if you hate every moment. To prevent this, choose an activity you enjoy. You may not like crunches and jumping jacks, but you might like hiking, biking, swimming or organized sports. Exercise shouldn’t have to be a chore!

Wear the Right Clothing

Your shoes should support your feet and relieve pain. Don’t exercise in sandals, dress shoes, worn-out shoes, etc. Looser-fitting clothes may be ideal because they offer comfort and give you room to move. Also remember to dress for the weather and temperature.

Gradually Work Your Way through it

When you start a workout, don’t put the petal to the metal right away. Do a warm-up and build slowly to a level of activity that makes you breathe more heavily, increases your heart rate and makes you sweat. You should not feel dizzy, nauseous or unwell.

Always Hydrate

Have fluids on-hand at any given time. This should mostly be water so you can replace what you have lost with sweat. You can also try low-sugar sports drinks like Gatorade or Propel.

Keep a Log or Record

Try to determine how many calories you burn with each type of exercise. With a Smart Watch or fitness tool, measure your heart rate and step count. Record what efforts were the most challenging and why. Maintaining a detailed log can help you step closer to your goals.

Other Guidelines for Success

  • Make exercise fun by doing it with a friend or family member
  • Don’t set expectations that are too high
  • Switch-up your activities often
  • Exercise at least 30 mins/day, 150 mins/week
  • Allow time for post-workout recovery
  • Stretch before and after you exercise
  • Make exercise a part of your lifestyle

For more tips on exercising effectively and making it a habit, CLICK HERE.

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