Studies have shown that regular exercise significantly increases life expectancy and improves overall health. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It can reduce or improve symptoms of menopause, PMS, diabetes, as well as numerous other conditions. An improved self-image and increased energy level are frequent added benefits of exercise.
Consult your doctor first. Before you begin any exercise program it is really important to make sure you’re physically up for it. This is particularly important if you’re not normally physically active. A doctor can advise you on how to approach a new exercise routine and tell you what signs to look for if you’re overdoing it.
Easy: Don’t — DO NOT — set a difficult goal. Set one that is super, super easy. Five minutes of exercise a day. You can do that. Work your way to 10 minutes after a month. Then go to 15 after 2 months. You can see what I mean: make it easy to start with, so you can build your habit, then gradually increase.
Get the family involved. Run while your daughter rides her bike. Go to a local track and let the kids play their own games. Run with your spouse. Sign up for a local 10K. Walk with your son. Celebrate with a little something special after every activity.
Consider classes at gyms or working with a qualified personal trainer. Aquatics is a great environment for those with joint pain as the buoyancy of the water helps to minimize the stress and strain on joints. It is also allows for easy transition from cardiovascular to resistance training. Make smart decision as it relates to diet/nutrition. Seek advice from qualified professionals (i.e. Dieticians) to ensure what you are eating is appropriate and in safe amounts.