Home Exercise Plans

Highlights the important steps of a home exercise plan and gives examples of different ideas for exercising at home.

Nearly every study of health conducted today shows that regular exercise is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle or weight loss program. However, many of us think we don't have the time or even the willpower to get up and get moving. It's difficult for many people to go to the gym several times every week, but actually there are many exercises you can do at home. Creating a home exercise plan can help you make the commitment you need to start exercising and leading a healthier lifestyle.

Before laying out an exercise plan, it is always best to consult your health care provider. Your doctor should be able to help you determine what your health needs are and what type of exercise plan would be most beneficial for you. Ask your health care provider how much exercise you need every week to maintain your health or lose weight, and discuss what particular exercises you should include in your plan. Find out if there are any specific areas you should target with your exercise routine.

Although it is not necessary to have any exercise equipment to have a successful exercise plan, certain items can help make your routine a little more interesting. A treadmill or an elliptical machine is perfect for aerobic exercise. Many models of these machines that are on the market today are compact and easy to use at home. With these machines, you can slowly increase the difficulty your workout over time. Exercise balls and small dumbbell weights can add a little variation to your routine. These tools can also help you target specific areas you would like to work on while exercising.

The most important step in any exercise plan is stretching, which should be done for a few minutes before and after every workout. Stretching exercises help loosen and elongate your muscles, which will help prevent injury while you are exercising. Always start slowly with any stretching exercise. Stretch as far as you can comfortably go, and then hold the stretch for thirty to sixty seconds. You will notice that you can increase your stretch over time.

Make sure your home exercise plan included repetitions of exercises that target several areas of the body. For instance, crunches and sit-ups target the abdominal muscles, while lunges and squats target the muscles in your legs. Push-ups can help tone the muscles in the arms and chest. Do as many repetitions of exercises like these as you are comfortable with, and gradually increase the number of repetitions over time. For example, start with two sets of twenty repetitions every day for one week, two sets of thirty the next week, two sets of thirty-five the third week, and so on.

You can also add variation to your home workout by including activities such as dancing, swimming, or in-line skating. These activities are not only fun, but they also use several of the body's muscle groups. These activities can be done for thirty to forty-five minutes for a complete workout.

It is important to remember that you should always start out with the amount of exercise you are comfortable with. Straining yourselftoo hard may result in injury, which will only delay the progress of your weight loss plan. Start slowly and work your way up to a healthy level of exercise.

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