Starting an exercise routine to boost weight loss and improve health can seem like a daunting task at first. Overdoing it during your first workout will leave you sore and discouraged, so don't be afraid to pace yourself. If you start slow with achievable goals and work your way up, you will most likely see better results.
When beginning an exercise routine, keep these tips in mind:
- Start with seated exercises.
- Don't get in a hurry - perform each movement slowly and hold the end position for multiple seconds. You build muscle by using resistance, so if you move too quickly momentum will be doing all the work for you, and you won't see the results.
- Try to do one set of 10 repetitions for each exercise. If you can't, don't worry! Start with fewer repetitions and work your way up as you gain endurance.
- Work out until your muscles get fatigued, or tired, but not until they get sore. If you happen to overdo it and your muscles get sore, ice the area with repeated cycles of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
- Go for short, but frequent, walks if you can - they're good for your legs, back, lung function and cardiovascular health. Once your endurance builds, you can switch to taking longer and less frequent walks as part of your exercise routine.
The benefits of exercising are limitless. Exercise increases strength, improves balance and can also positively affect people's mood through the release of endorphins. And of course, once you start seeing those results, you'll probably get a confidence boost too!
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