The benefits of having a fitness plan is that it keeps you focused on the goals you have set for yourself. It provides structure and gives you something to “check off” each day. There are many different workout programs that can be found on the internet or by visiting a physical therapist. The best program for you will depend on your fitness goals and fitness level. A great way to find out what type of program will suit you is to book a free fitness consultation with one of our Health and Wellbeing Coordinators. They will take the time to understand your aspirations and end goals and create a workout program specifically for you.
Exercise can be hard, but it is a must to achieve optimal mental and physical health. Exercise helps you sleep better, think clearer and is a great stress reliever. It can also boost your mood and improve your self-esteem. It has been shown that exercise can even decrease depression and increase your energy levels.
People who do not have a workout plan tend to lose interest in exercising because it can feel like a chore. A plan can help with motivation because it is designed to be changed up every few weeks to prevent exercise boredom. If you have difficulty staying motivated try exercising with a friend. This will make you more likely to stick with your workout.
A good exercise plan will include a warm-up and cool-down period. The warm-up should consist of a gentle activity that gets your blood moving and is followed by a more intense activity. Each activity should be done for a short amount of time, but be challenging enough to leave you feeling breathless. A cool-down will include a slow activity that gets your heart rate back down and is then followed by stretching exercises to prevent stiffness.
Having an exercise plan also makes you less likely to injure yourself. You are much less prone to injury when you are active regularly because your body is stronger and more flexible. This is especially important for older adults who are prone to injuries such as falling or bumping into something.
It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. A workout plan will help you get to this goal by providing a guideline for how long you should exercise each day and what exercises you should do. It is also recommended that you mix up your routine and incorporate activities such as walking, running, swimming, biking, strength training, dance, yoga, and tai chi. Adding these to your workout will prevent you from getting bored and give you new experiences. Lastly, make sure to set aside some time in your daily schedule for exercise and mark it on the calendar as a non-negotiable appointment. Doing this will help you keep your exercise regimen consistent and will help you reach your goals.
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