Monday 13 August 2012

Exercise for Beginners

We all know that regular exercise is good for us. Unfortunately, we tend to get caught up in thinking that the only way to get a good workout is by spending hours in the gym or constantly ‘feeling the burn’.

Just 30 minutes of exercise at a moderate pace each day will make a big difference. Feeling sluggish, tired and mentally exhausted? Try a short walk to get the blood circulating. Unable to sleep at night? Working out gently for 30 minutes will make you physically tired enough to improve get to sleep more easily.

For people who are really overweight or totally unfit 30 minutes might sound daunting. How about 15 to 20 minutes 2 or 3 times a week? Once you get into a routine with a small amount of moderate exercise, you will definitely start to have more energy and feel positive.

Of course, don’t go overboard. Start slowly and aim for small improvements each day. More is definitely not better if you end up sore, sorry for yourself and discouraged.

Here are four ‘moderate things’ you can do today to start exercising.

1. Walk. Yes, it sounds too easy to be true but most of us don’t walk anywhere near enough. The dog will love you, the children will be excited to have you spend time with them and you’ll get out in sun. Even if you have to take a short drive so you can take a walk in pleasant surroundings (I know that sounds a bit illogical) it’s worth it.

2. Try a sport. If you like working out with other people, take up a team sport. I’m not suggesting you train to be an elite athlete, just pick something you enjoy and have a bit of fun. Try not to get super competitive and take it all too seriously. It’s all about moderate exercise.

3. Workout at work. I’m not suggesting you sweat up a storm every lunch hour, just try some basic exercises a couple of times a week. Have a chat with your co workers and get to know them while you share a 30 minute walk a couple of times a week.

4. Chores count as exercise. Gardening and cleaning the house are really effective ways to get some moderate exercise in your day. Who needs complicated gym equipment when you can burn calories raking leaves or doing the vacuuming? Not only will you get a workout but you’ll be pleased that your house and garden are nice and tidy.

Make moderate exercise part of your daily routine and you will be surprised what a difference you can make to your fitness and your waistline.