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Movement is Life There is no disputing the fact that exercising is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Along with its many other benefits exercise improves physical appearance, increases self-esteem, builds a greater capacity to deal with stress, improves sleep patterns, fosters a positive mental attitude, and helps prevent injury. In contrast, we know that a prolonged sedentary lifestyle is a breeding ground for devastating conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and depression. So we know we should be exercising. But how do we do it in the most effective and efficient way possible? Most experts agree that the best exercise programs consist of a combination of strength training and cardiovascular work. An easy way to achieve this is to perform 3 cardio workouts alternated with 3 strength training workouts, for a total of 6 days per week. For example, you might lift weights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and workout on a treadmill on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. As your level of fitness progresses, you can tweak your exercise schedule to suit your needs, but for people of average fitness this is a great starting point.
The most important advice about exercising is to be consistent with it. A hit-or-miss exercise schedule is not enough to overcome the negative effects of daily living, let alone lift you to peak performance. Here are some tips for getting the most out of an exercise program: •Set goals. Whether it is to lose 10 pounds of fat or bench press your bodyweight, knowing what you are working toward keeps you moving forward. Begin with small, attainable goals and continually reset them. A large intimidating goal becomes doable when broken down into 10 small steps. •Keep a workout journal. This will serve to keep you on schedule as well as monitor your progress and your goal-setting. Reviewing your written milestones is a great source of motivation. •Find a training partner. Nothing will keep you on track like being held accountable to someone else. •Pick exercises you enjoy. There are countless exercises available to choose from. Be creative and develop a program that will challenge you and hold your interest for the long run. •Change your routine every few weeks. This will help to avoid monotony as well as to fuel your progress. •Work out the same time each day. Exercising becomes easy when you make it a healthy habit.