The Right Exercise Program For You Starts Here
What do you want to get out of an
What you want to get out of an exercise
program has everything to do with the kind of program that will work best for
you in the long run.
Ask yourself, ''What do I want to
accomplish?'' Do you want to lose weight? Get in shape and stay in shape? Maybe
you'd like to reduce some of the stress in your life. Or perhaps you're serious
about improving your overall health or increasing your muscular strength.
The good news is every one of those
goals can be accomplished. Each one can be the start of a fun exercise program
you can enjoy and benefit from.
Is your goal weight control? Then start
with a low-impact or no-impact aerobic activity and work up to at least 30
minutes almost everyday. If your goal is strengthening your muscles, there are
plenty of strength-conditioning programs that include the use of free weights,
weight machines, exercise tubing or calisthenics.
Or if what you hope to gain from
exercise is improved flexibility, you could try yoga or a simple stretching
routine that covers all your major muscle groups.
Maybe you know what you want to
accomplish, but don't know how to get started. That's where we can help. The
American Council on Exercise has more than 50,000 certified group fitness
instructors and personal trainers all over the world who can help you get
started with the program that best meets your goal.
Call us toll-free, and we'll help you
find one near your home.
But before you take that step, check
with your doctor, especially if you're over 40, or if you have any health
problems, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, a family history
of heart disease, or even if you smoke. It's a good idea to have your personal
physician give the idea of an exercise program a thumbs-up before you begin.
Where's the best place to exercise?
What's better: your home or a health
club? Actually, one place isn't better than another. The choice really comes
down to where will you be most comfortable and best able to accomplish your
exercise goals. Here are some things to consider when you're making your
Home exercise economics
Exercising at home can be more
economical than exercising at a health club. Invest in a good pair of running or
walking shoes, some adjustable dumbbells and an exercise mat, and you're ready
to go. For some people, the best part of home exercise is the privacy.
If you're the kind of person who can
stick with an exercise program alone at home, that's your answer. But if you do
better with the stimulation of others, or if you enjoy being with a group who
shares your interests, consider a full-service club.
More equipment and professional
guidance at a club
For some people, a health or fitness
club works a lot better than home. Clubs have a variety of exercise options,
professional fitness instructors to keep you working in the right direction, and
other people who share a common interest.
One of the nice things about a club is
that you can work it into your schedule. Go early in the morning before work. Or
stop off on your way home.
The only drawback could be the cost of
health club membership. You'll have to weigh the expense with what you can
afford and what you want to accomplish.
One more option: a workday routine
There is still another direction you
can go, and that's to get together with co-workers during lunch to walk or jog.
Many people have a good chance of sticking with a regularly scheduled lunchtime
exercise program. You just might be one of them.
Deciding where to exercise comes down
to picking the place that offers you the greatest comfort, and the one that
works best with your lifestyle.