Exercise: How to Get Going
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Is joining a gym, buying expensive workout clothes, and climbing onto a machine the only way to get fit? No way. Whatever gets you up and moving will get you on the right track. On April 1, 2004, we talked about fitness in the real world, and learned about fun, inexpensive options with exercise guru Pamela Santin.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.
For people working, I recommend taking a 15 or 20 minute walking break at lunch. It's a perfect way to fit in exercise and it totally recharges your batteries for the afternoon.
Aerobic exercise, the cardiovascular portion, should be the foundation of your exercise program. So, if you're doing 30 to 45 minutes of aerobics at the gym, supplement that with strength training every other day. Strength training doesn't have to take a long time; you can get a good strength training workout in 20 minutes.
Yoga is fantastic for flexibility and for relaxation. You certainly can do yoga every day of the week, if you have time, because you'll see benefits every day of the week. If you find you don't have time, then three days a week is great.
The other thing you may want to think of, if you've been doing the same workout for two years, is that it may be time to fine tune that workout. If there's a personal trainer or exercise physiologist ask them to walk through your strength training routine with you, because you're spending the time and effort and you want to get the maximum results.
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