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Simple Exercise Strategy that can change your life

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The hardest part of bodybuilding is often getting started, as it is also very easy to make a fitness plan than to actually keep them. What seemed so feasible in our mind, like running a half marathon or making that gym appointment can somehow morph into something impossible. Everyone wants to have that perfect body and improve health, hence the need for specific exercise strategies to keep us going.

Vicki Conn, a Professor and Associate Dean of research in the University of Sinclair School of Nursing, for example, wrote, “Simple action oriented exercise strategies are the way to get exercising that can change your life. Here are some simple specific exercise strategy that can change your life for the better.

Seek advice from a professional

Prior to beginning any exercise or fitness programme or you aren’t seeing any results with your current routine, a personal trainer or healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, chiropractors, and rehabilitators can be contacted for their expertise in the areas one is interested in developing or keeping fit. Knowing how you can benefit and whether it will be worth the expense can help you decide whether this is a good choice for you.

Set specific goals and schedule your exercise plan

Knowing where to start for a new exerciser or one trying to get back to exercise is often a challenge. The right workout schedule will depend on a variety of factors like your age, fitness level, goals, and any physical issues you may have. You can plan to exercise for 20 minutes, three times a week but without a schedule to track your progress, you may not really make anything meaningful. Like any other appointment, you can schedule your exercise session on your calendar and leave something that can remind you.

Go with whatever gets you going

If you enjoy working out with an mp3 player, it is a big hit. Listening to music while exercising doesn't just relieve boredom — it can help improve the quality of your workout by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood. In particular, music that is motivational or synchronized with your exercise is shown to have physical and psychological effects. Some of us need a little something extra to keep us exercising from week to week. The point is, use whatever gets you going.

Start with a simple Walk

One of the easiest ways for most people to engage in exercise is to walk. This works particularly well for people who have a sit-down job or live a generally sedentary lifestyle. Walking doesn’t require some fancy equipment to get a great workout. You can increase the intensity of your walks by walking with hand weights, increasing your walking speed gradually by including some quick walking and by walking for a longer period.

Expect some initial discomfort

Fitness training will likely cause some pains in the beginning. This pain is to be expected as a natural part of increasing activity. Fitness training activities stress the body no doubt and as a result, we enhance our strengths and endurance, and finally optimize our athletic performance. The discomfort discussed here is one not incurred by injury but as a result of increased exercise activities.

Track your progress

Keep a written record of progress made during the exercise and fitness program. Tracking progress is useful and could include a list of the specific exercises performed, number of sets and repetitions, duration of exercise, and sensations experienced during exercise. Monitoring progress may also help keep the athlete motivated to continue with the exercise and fitness program.

Finally, Exercise can change your life, simply in that, it will make you feel better – both physically and mentally. The health benefits to exercise are undeniable. Exercise in and of itself may not be life-changing, but it may just be the catalyst you need to open yourself to new opportunities.

Reference: 1. https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/specific-exercise-strategies 2. https://www.self.com/story/mental-strategies-to-stick-with-exercise-routine

Mr. Musa Muhammad is the Head of Sports, Skyline University Nigeria. He has a BSC Ed. in Physical and Health Education from Bayero University Kano (BUK), Nigeria.

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