Copyright 2006 Dennis Watson
Exercising is one of those events that you know you should do but don’t always want to. At least that’s how I feel until I get on a routine. After about a month or so of continuous planned exercising a strange thing happens…I get addicted. This article will give you a few pointers on things to do and not do and the benefits of exercising.
Do(s) and Don’t(s):
Unless you are participating in very strenuous exercise, like long bike rides, that lasts over 90 minutes, you don’t need to drink “sports drinks.” Stick with water (no sugar, no calories) your body will thank you.
It is a good idea take a friend to exercise class with you. You are much more apt to stick with your program if you recruit a partner. There is nothing better than a little peer pressure to keep you motivated.
To prevent injury, stretch at least the following four areas after every exercise session: the calves, the hamstrings, the shoulders and the back. This will help prevent cramping as well.
Should you be exercising every day? You need to find your own “comfort zone” between “on” and “off” days, between “exercise” and “rest.” Determine what schedule works for you. You can work out every day, but it is not necessary to reap the rewards of exercise. The most important thing is to do what works best for you.
The benefits of exercising:
– Exercise burns calories, which will help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
– Regular exercise can help your body respond to insulin and is known to be effective in managing blood glucose.
– Exercise can lower blood glucose and possibly reduce the amount of medication you need to treat diabetes, or even eliminate the need for medication.
– Exercise can improve your circulation, especially in your arms and legs, where people with diabetes can have problems.
– Exercise can help reduce your cholesterol and high blood pressure. High cholesterol and high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
– Exercise helps reduce stress.
Do strength training! Keep this thought in mind as you do your strength training: the more muscle tissue you have, the more fat you burn. And you are burning this fat even when you are at rest.
Do aerobic training! This type of training is good for burning calories, keeping your heart strong and improving your over-all endurance.
Make exercising a part of your life style, doing a little is better than none at all. Remember to consult with your physician prior to beginning an exercise program. Usually a telephone call to your doctor will be all that is necessary.