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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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

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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. Sitting isn’t your only option for a productive day at the office – Visit our Fitness Store page to get some ideas on desks that offer other options. You may want to read reviews to see if a standing desk is right for you. When buying, check for adequate working space for your work materials – papers, mouse, pens and desktop supplies. If the ground you are standing on 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 from someone else.

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 stopping by today, we hope you found these exercise basics helpful. You can comment below if you’d like to share your exercise tips.

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

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