Getting in shape is a great way to cut
your risk of disease and prevent health problems while increasing your chances
for a longer, healthier life. The best workouts incorporate cardiovascular
exercises with weight lifting and stretching.
Take It Slowly
Overweight men or those who haven’t
been physically active in several years should ease into their exercise
routines. Always talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen to
see if there are any precautions you should take. Start with sessions of only
five or 10 minutes, and increase gradually.
The goal for physical
activity should be 30 minutes each day. Studies have shown that three 10-minute
sessions are just as beneficial to your health as one longer session. Of
course, more exercise is better, as long as you take precautions to avoid
injuries such as muscle strain.
Resistance or weight training can help
maintain healthy bones and joints. Hire a personal trainer for a one-time
session. Get him or her to walk you through an entire weight-training workout,
and jot down notes as you go. Once you have your workout down, perform the
regimen as instructed by the trainer.
In a rush to lift weights and build muscle, many
men forget how important aerobic exercise is. This can come from walking,
jogging, playing basketball or tennis, or even golfing, as long as you walk the
entire course. Cardiovascular exercise helps you build endurance and shed
unwanted pounds (or keep them off if you’re at an ideal weight).
Stretch It Out
after a workout should always be a part of your routine. Stretching improves
flexibility and range of motion, may cut your risk of injury or muscle cramps,
and improves circulation throughout the body. If you need a little guidance on
the best ways to stretch, ask a trainer for a quick tutorial.