Activity and Exercise Basics

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What are the Activity and Exercise Basics?

Exercising and staying active is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Follow the simple activity and exercise basics each week (see the tips below) and you’ll feel the benefits for a lifetime. Even the little movements count – being active is key!

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Four Basic Exercise Types

Exercise Basics:

  • Check with your Doctor before starting an exercise routine.
  • Eat something within an hour of waking to kick-start your metabolism (a half banana will do).
  • Be sure to breathe correctly when exercising:
    • Cardio / Endurance Exercises – take deep breaths and get into a rhythm.
    • Running / Endurance Exercises – breathe deeply and in rhythm.
    • Weight / Strength Training – breathe out when your muscles are contracted (this is the hardest part of the exercise) and breathe in when you return to the starting position.
    • Stretching / Flexibility Exercises – breathe deeply and in rhythm.
  • Stretch after you have completed your workout.
  • If you must spend a lot of time sitting, be sure to stand up and move at least once an hour. Smaller distances, every 30 minutes is even better.
  • It is important to balance your routine with exercises that work opposing muscles. For example, read: The Muscles You Should be Exercising, Core

Visit us every week for even more lifetime fitness tips, activity and exercise basics and of course, recommended exercises and fitness gear to keep it interesting and fun!!

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Lifetime Activity Tip:

If you must spend a lot of time sitting, if possible, stand up and move around every 30 minutes. You can visit our Home Gym page to get some ideas on starting your home gym. Or think of using a standing desk. But read reviews to see if a standing desk is right for you before buying. And when you decide to buy, check for adequate working space for your work materials – papers, mouse, pens and desktop supplies. And, if the ground beneath your desk is hard, you’ll want a cushioned mat to stand on. One more tip – check that the desk is easily adjustable so you can raise and lower it without tools or assistance.

Lifetime Activity Tips: It is important to balance your routine with exercises that work opposing muscles. Example, don’t just do crunches for your abs, be sure to do lower back exercises. Same for your arms and legs – exercise the front and back of your legs (hamstrings and quadriceps). Strengthening muscles in tandem helps you keep your body balanced. See our article The Muscles You Should be Exercising, Upper Body and The Muscles You Should be Exercising, Core for more information about the muscle groups that work together.

Thank you for spending time with us, we hope you found these exercise basics helpful. Use our comment section below to share your exercise tips.

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