Optimize Your Fitness By Being
Creative And Making Exercise Fun
Exercise does wonders for our mood, boosts our energy levels, and
has a myriad of benefits to the heart. Yet, we give up working out
at the drop
of a hat, sometimes when it gets all too boring.
By incorporating certain creative strategies, you can make exercising
fun and maintain healthy cardiovascular system, says Judy Hinderliter
and husband Alan from University of North Carolina.
Exercise not only can help people lose weight, but also improves
mood significantly. "That in turn can affect how we feel
about ourselves and affect a lot of our lifestyle choices,"
Hinderliters advise people starting a new exercise programme
to consult a physician and to start slowly. "A lot of people
try to do too much at once and fail or become injured," said
Judy. "I really encourage people to start out gradually with
any changes in eating and exercise, so it becomes part of their
lifestyle," she added. Here are some tips from the Hinderliters
to help maintain a regular exercise regime without getting bored.
Turn social occasions into fitness time. For instance, the Hinderliters
went on a run for their first date, redefining the meaning of
Schedule exercise into your day, just as you do with other appointments.
Vary the type and intensity of exercise to avoid boredom.
Play games, such as tennis, racquetball or squash. Such games
are "a way to keep it fun and interesting, but also a great
workout," Alan Hinderliter said.
If you can afford a personal trainer, get one. A professional
can help you design an effective exercise programme and guide
you how to avoid injuries.
If you can, try walking to work. "Instead of a 15-minute
commute, make it a half-hour walk," Alan Hinderliter added.
Dont forget to eat a heart-healthy diet: whole grains,
lean meat and low-fat dairy products, plenty of fruits and veggies,
and few saturated fats. For an average person, the caloric content
of a tablespoon of butter requires a mile of walking to burn off,
Get a minimum of 30-minute of moderate exercise, such as brisk
walking, at least five times a week, or 30 minutes three times
each week of vigorous exercise such as running, swimming, bicycling
or playing basketball.
January 18, 2010