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Exercise Tips - Getting started

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Be consistent. Set a daily schedule and keep to it. In no time, you will feel so good you won't want to change it
Break it up!   If you cannot take 30 minutes of exercise all at once, break it up into two or more shorter sessions during the day
Check your pulse. Use a heart rate monitor, or count the pulse at your wrist for 15 secs, and multiply by 4. Aim for 50-75% of your maximal heart rate
Consult your doctor. Before starting exercise, see your doctor if you are over 45,  overweight, or have high blood pressure or other medical problems 
Cool down. At the end of your physical activity, take a few minutes of light activity or stretching to cool down
Don't wait to drink. Don't wait until you're thirsty to start drinking. Thirst is a sign that your body has already been without fluids for a while
Drink enough. As a rule, drink 4 to 12 ounces of fluid for every 20 minutes of exercise. Drink before and after exercise as well
Drink up. How much to drink depends on the type and intensity of exercise, your metabolic rate, body mass, and size, and the temperature and humidity.
End with stretches. At the end of your exercise, take a few minutes of stretching to cool down
Exercise every day. It is easier to maintain an every day schedule of exercise, and you will get greater health benefit, compared with just 3 times per week
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