How Often Should You Exercise?

Exercise is an important part of our lives, and this article will give you a good overview about how often you should exercise, and signs of exercising too much.

Always consult with a doctor before starting a new exercise program.

Exercise is important for everyone, especially because of its many benefits related to health. It stimulates the cardiovascular system and will help anyone that is trying to loose weight to attain their goals more quickly and naturally. The exercises that are available vary largely from biking, walking, running, weight lifting, team sports or swimming. Try a variety of the sports, considering the fun factor most of all, so you can enjoy what you are doing.

But a few precautions must be followed when you are a beginning exerciser. If you are feeling sick or not feeling well it is best not to exercise. If you are just a beginning exerciser, make sure you start off slowly. As you body is getting stronger you will be able to move on to more strenuous activities. As a start, make a schedule available for exercising, two or three times weekly of fifteen to twenty minutes each time. Before each session of exercise take the time to warm up your muscles to avoid minor injuries and sore muscles. This will take a few minutes and will help you in your exercising regime. Just stretch all your muscles by twisting, stretching and bending your various body parts. After two or three weeks you will be able to increase the time spent exercising by a few minutes until you spend a reasonable time of about thirty minutes to an hour for each session.

Dressing comfortably is one of the more important factors as well. Wear something that is comfortable, simple in style, and good running shoes that are flat and comfortable as well. The socks you wear should be breathable and absorbent which will help you avoid blisters. Dressing in layers will also be of great value to you since you can remove a layer if you are starting to get hot. Take a backpack along so you can place unneeded items into it, especially when jogging or biking. Wearing a headband will also help you by absorbing the sweat and keeping it out of your eyes. If you are swimming choose a bathing suit that is comfortable and if you don't want to show your body wear a T-shirt. Earplugs and goggles might also be a good investment since you might be able to swim better with those.



If you have asthma or allergies, you should still be able to exercise. When you are exercising make sure your nasal passages are clear and that you are breathing through your nose. This is important since the nasal passages filter air, and keep the humidity in your body. If you breathe through the mouth the filtering isn't done and moisture is lost much more rapidly. You will need much more fluids and if you have allergies they will act up faster since more dirt is entering your body. Try to exercise to the level where you can always breathe through the nose without using the mouth, that way you know you aren't over-exercising. Make sure you bring along your medications in case you feel an attack coming along and ask your doctor for something to take if you are allergic so you are still able to exercise outdoors if there is pollen or dust in the air.

Pregnant women will benefit greatly from exercise as well. This will help you in giving birth to a healthy baby since you will feel much better and will find the entire experience easier. Often women spend weeks after giving birth in bed, just because they didn't have a regular exercising program before the experience. The thing to consider for exercising while being pregnant is the safety of both the mother and the baby. Do not choose exercise such as jumping on a trampoline or anything that has the risk of body contact such as rugby or soccer. Biking, light jogging, and swimming are excellent choices for pregnant women and this exercise will help prepare you for the delivery of your baby.

If you are using medication, read the label to see if they will make your blood pressure higher or if they have a drowsiness side effect. Keep track of how high your pulse is, and don't exercise anymore if you feel very tired or worn out. Do not exercise on an empty stomach, and bring along plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Bringing healthy snacks such as a granola bar or some cheese will also give you more nourishment. Do not eat fatty or sugary foods since you will not feel very good after exercising.

Again, after you are finished with your routine, make sure you stretch again to help avoid hours of sore muscle pain and minor injuries. Don't expect exercise to give you instant weight loss, but do expect to notice a difference after a while of keeping a consistent exercising program. Your muscles will certainly become stronger, replacing your fat, and you will feel much more energetic and rejuvenated. The most important thing is to keep exercising, and to combine the exercise with a healthy diet, and you will see results in the near future.

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