You hear about all sorts of workouts you could try – but where do you start? First off, if you'd like to try a new workout, set realistic goals for getting started. That way, you don't do too much too soon. On the other hand, you don't want to do so little that you don't see or feel any results and lose your motivation. To find that sweet spot that will keep you motivated, consider the F.I.T.T. Principle.
Frequency: Start slowly and work toward a goal of exercising at least 3 days per week with no more than 2 consecutive days without exercise.
Intensity: This is how hard you're pushing yourself when you exercise. If you are not already an active person, start at low-to-moderate intensity and gradually build your stamina. Moderate-intensity activities include brisk walking and leisurely swimming.
Time: Start with what you can and work your way up toward a goal of 150 minutes of exercise per week. You can do this in 30- or 60-minute sessions or break it up into shorter intervals of 10 to 15 minutes each.
Type: Exercise can be aerobic – rhythmic, repeated activity that gets your heart pumping – or resistance training, using weights or your own body weight to build muscle.
What's most important is that you find ways to move more that you really enjoy and that you think you'll stick to on most days. You should also speak with your doctor before beginning a new fitness regimen. Not all types of exercise are right for all people, and people with medical conditions must take special caution.
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