Exercise is good for us, whether it be walking, running, bending or stretching in the gym or in the privacy of your home. As we get older exercise can be hard to do, therefore any type of exercise is helpful. Everybody needs chores to be completed daily, and as we bend and stretch pushing around a vacuum cleaner, you are actually using a form of resistance, as you push the vacuum backwards and forwards. Mowing the lawn is another form of exercise which is good for us and uses resistance as is washing the kitchen floor on your knees.
Resistance training is based on the principle that the muscles of your body work to overcome a resistance force when required to do so. This means there are health benefits to using resistance which include improved muscle strength and tone, healthy weight and increased bone density and strength.
Physical activity or exercise can improve your health while reducing the risk of developing conditions or diseases including anxiety and depression. Physical activity can help you manage your weight and prevent the development of osteoporosis, while it can relieve stress and anxiety as it exercises your heart making it beat harder and faster as it exerts a stronger push of blood around the body. This supplies organs of your body such as your kidneys and liver with more oxygen to function more effectively, which helps them perform better especially over time.
A healthy body helps to prevent the onset of disease such as that of the heart and other organs which can cause diabetes, glandular illness and the onset of arthritis. Pain associated with arthritis can feel better and this can have you wanting to exercise because your limbs ache less which enables you to move easier and faster and you are able to move with less pain more frequently. Your limbs will function better.
Being fit means that you are able to participate in every day life and activities, work and recreation without being too fatigued, while still having a bit of energy reserved in our body. Being physically fit enables you to live a better quality of life or varied life style than somebody else who isn’t as flexible and who is unable to move as fast. Physical fitness takes time to achieve. Regular physical activity is the way a person becomes physically fit.
Aerobic fitness is being physically fit. A fitter heart means our heart is cardiovascular fit with less chances of developing cardiac problems or cardiovascular disease. Our bodies have an ability to use oxygen efficiently during effort of long duration and low intensity.
Before training or beginning an exercise routine, a person should go to their doctor to be screened to see if they are healthy enough to begin exercising, because exercise is a form of physiological adaptations and it can be dangerous. Exercise assists our bodies to function more efficiently, however as exercise is physically jumping around or involves movement of some type, it can physically upset our body and cause injuries which we would not expect to happen. We are all individuals and our health status are different, often depending on type of lifestyle.
If you are going to exercise at a gym, they often give you a guest pass to try their service and their equipment before you join. Other services are offered when you join such as child minding and personal trainers are available if you want some advice and they can arrange a program for you to follow. This normally follows an assessment.
Maintaining your fluid intake is important to avoid dehydration. As your body losses electrolytes which is made up of minerals such as sodium, potassium and magnesium during exercise, it is necessary to replace this lost fluid with water, and other drinks which contain electrolytes. These products are available at the gym; they are also available in the supermarkets. Ask the counter at the gym for advice on what is appropriate for you to drink and what isn’t.
Minerals are part of an essential healthy diet. Our body uses electrolytes to regulate our nerve and muscle function and to maintain acid base and water balance. If care isn’t taken we can develop an electrolyte imbalance, which can cause nerve and muscle damage.
Arriving to the gym on time is necessary so you don’t miss your class and this also enables you to relax and get ready for your class. You may be told to fill out a form and bring a doctor’s certificate to say you are healthy enough to begin an exercise program, if you haven’t already, especially if you have never exercised or haven’t done so for some time. It is a good idea to ask the gym first, because they can turn people away at their own discretion.