Now, we come to the most important question of all: how can you include exercise in your already busy life? There is clearly no one answer-fits-all. What really worked for me, and is likely to help others, is to set aside 10 to 20 minutes every other day for exercising (morning is best). Start small and be consistent.
I start my exercise routine by doing a little warm up (3 minutes) with jumping jacks, or running; I do a quick stretch (2 minutes) to avoid injury and improve my workout. Next, I do a series of weight training activities that focus on different parts of the body (15 minutes). I choose activities that keep my heart rate up (cardio) while also working my muscles (strength training). The best exercises are those that work a few different muscle groups at the same time. Lunges, planks and push ups are great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2n58m2i4jg
A good book to help you get started with weight lifting is ‘Strength Training Anatomy’ by Frederic Delavier. I also recommend to check out the following two websites for more great tips on this topic: www.alive.com and www.livestrong.com.
I suggest choosing the most efficient workout plans and keeping a photo journal. A photo journal includes photos you take regularly (for ex, once a week or every two weeks). You can also include a few words about how you feel (physically and mentally) when you exercise. Photos in particular will help you see real progress visually.
Don’t forget to eat a protein balanced meal or snack within 45 minutes of finishing your workout. Remember, even 5 or 10 minutes of physical activity is better than nothing! Finally, don’t forget to have fun during your workout. What activities do you enjoy? Be creative and start moving. Try one of our dance classes to get you started. Click here for more details.
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