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Most Americans consider exercise to be a dirty word. No wonder, millions of them are obese. Individuals of all ages, genders, races, ethic groups, and backgrounds have their waist lines expanding beyond their control. Obesity leads to various other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and liver failure. In such a situation the only hope lies in living a healthy lifestyle, eating a well balanced diet, and exercising regularly.
The unpleasant connotations of exercise come from the image of overactive aerobics teachers in skimpy skintight outfits making people work out until they collapse to the floor from exhaustion. What happens is that excessive exercise leads to frustration and soreness and it’s just too tempting to give up. They go back to their sedimentary lifestyle. This is simply the wrong way to go about it. Instead, if you do regular exercise for fifteen minutes each day, you will be healthier than those who work out for an hour a week.
In order to keep up the tempo it’s best to include a friend or family member. When you work out in numbers you draw strength and motivation from your partner, and even get support that is needed to perform certain tasks that require another individual. However, if there is no one available, you can join an exercise group in a gym or fitness center for a minimal charge. You will get to meet friends and restore your healthy lifestyle.
Set a reachable goal when it comes to exercising. Perhaps your goal is exercising a given amount of time each day or week. Maybe you are striving to run a mile without stopping or increase your stamina level on the stationery bike. Whatever your goal, be sure to set on that is well within your reach.
Many individuals choose to set a long term and short term goal. Your long term goal may be to live a healthier life, whereas your short term goal may be to play a game of soccer with your children without becoming winded. As you accomplish your short term goals, make more as you continue your progress towards a healthy, fit lifestyle.
If you are on a budget, then choose to exercise at home. This is often fulfilling and will provide you with more motivation, since you do not have to travel anywhere to pursue your exercise. You may need to purchase a few basic items, such as weights or mats, when beginning your home gym. Many individuals invest in a stair climber or tread mill in order to best perform in their home.
Besides the work outs, start taking a stroll around the block and exercise outdoors when the weather permits. Gradually you can turn the stroll into a brisk walk. If you have children, use every opportunity to play a game of baseball, football or soccer with them.
The greatest advantage of joining a gym is being able to use various types of equipment available there. Moreover, once you have made a financial commitment you get enough motivation to work out regularly.