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Find the Exercise System that Suits YOU!
Why exercise? Most people have goals they want to achieve such as weight management, muscle tone, fat-loss, strength gain, increased energy and stamina, etc. but quite frankly, most people hate the thought of having to exercise. It brings up images of sweating in public places wearing non-flattering spandex. Nothing compares to exercise and everyone should be doing it, the trick is to find a way to do it that is fun and motivating for you. You need a good reason to exercise; this may be health related or it may include a big event such as a wedding, reunion, or even a friendly competition. Whatever your motive is, think about it long and hard, and think about the feeling you will have once you achieve whatever it is you want to accomplish.
Set Doable Goals
You need a target in order to hit it! That may seem obvious, but it needed to be said. That is why goal setting is crucial to any personal exercise system. You want to set short term and long term goals. Try setting a short term goal to be reached in three to six weeks. By doing so, you can make adjustments and stay on track to your larger goal. The long term goal is your motive that you have already visualized, it is your apex, it is not however the end. Once you have achieved it you will re-evaluate and set new goals.
Here's a hint: Short-term weight goals are rarely attainable; if what you are looking for is a more attractive you, then set a measurements goal. If you adjust your eating and adopt an exercise program, you may replace water and fat with muscle, and weight losses will be minimal if anything at first. Decide you want a flatter tummy, slimmer arms, and so on. Weight loss can be part of a long term goal, but doesn't usually work well as a short term one.
How Do You Get There?
Which way is fast and fun? This is the most important question we ask ourselves in the beginning of our personal exercise system, however this question should be asked each time a short term goal is reached to prepare for the next. We all have different goals, physical capabilities and lifestyles. There is no "one size fits all" exercise system, you have to decide what will work for you. Susan found that parking as far from her work as she could and walking up the stairs instead of using the elevator was plenty of exercise at first; Tony played with his dog every night after work (frisbee and hitting a baseball for him to chase); Greg watched tv after dinner while riding an exercise bike. All of them take a walk every morning before work.
Once you begin an exercise system, remember that your body will adapt to that program in four to six weeks time. When this happens your body will then reach a plateau in producing results. This is why variety in whatever you do is important. You can vary the number of sets of exercises, how many repetitions of each one, the amount of intensity, the amount of rest time between exercises. Over time, vary what you do - swimming, golfing, walking, jogging, bike riding, skiing, and so on.
Not only does your personal exercise system stay productive, but it keeps it from becoming boring. Remember, exercise time is supposed to be fun, which can make reaching your goals very exciting and easy.
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