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Aerobic Exercise: The Best Way to Get Fit

Jun 21, 2008
Nowadays, there's no shortage of information about aerobic exercise out there. Aerobic exercise is the key to losing weight, working out and feeling healthier than ever before - there's really no end of benefits to good aerobic exercise. Not only do I feel more energetic and healthy, but since I started doing regular aerobic exercise, my love life has improved and I find myself feeling much happier. Even 10 years ago when I was 18, I didn't feel as good as I do now, and it really is all thanks to me giving up intense laziness in favor of some regular aerobic exercise.

There are plenty of aerobic exercise programs out there, so it's important - essential, even - to find one that is right for you and caters towards what you want. For me personally, I have always hated jogging, although it is probably the most simple and straight forward of aerobic exercises. Really, any exercise that increases your heart rate for a sustained period of time is aerobic exercise, and therefore good for your heart and your overall health. Not all aerobic exercises are the same, however. Some of them, known as high impact exercises, can seriously wear and cause strain on the joints, and so may be beneficial in the short run, while seriously damaging to your health in the long run. This is exactly what jogging does. Other exercises will do a good job raising your heart rate, but will only exercise one part of your body, such as your legs.

I went online before I started doing aerobic exercise and I was very surprised to find a program that actually hasn't got any of the usual problems. With a number of routines that come with feedback from a professional personal trainer, the program really left me feeling very good, both inside and out. It was also great motivation to improve my diet and eat healthily - something that has enhanced my overall health as well. There are diet tips, daily motivational encouragements, an email which you can use to contact your trainer with questions, and even a twice monthly live web chat with other aerobic exercise enthusiasts from all over the country. And, because it doesn't involve a trainer having contact time every time you need to exercise, the price is very reasonable, too.

IS PHYSICAL FITNESS ON YOUR MIND?

In a society in which we are always striving to live longer and longer, not to mention counter the effects of the never-ending stress and junk food that seems to consume us more and more, physical fitness has become a very serious concern, and one that is to be the path out of all of our unhealthy lives. The major thing to look for in a physical fitness program is a balance between a good, healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

The one thing you have to realise is that every physical fitness program claims that it is the best one, and the truth is that different people will end up preferring different exercise types. The first thing to do is to talk to your doctor and get any advice from them about what type of physical fitness program would best suit you. Part of the whole process is about setting yourself targets and really striving to achieve them, putting the effort in to get the results that you really want out of it.

Getting involved in a fitness routine does not mean that you need to spend money by joining a gym or buying equipment. Sure, there are plenty of ways to get fit with expensive equipment, but the reality is, you simply don't need to spend much money to get your physical fitness to the point that you want it at. Although some people do find that purchasing equipment or fitness tapes are a way to motivate them to start exercising, there are a variety of activities to help keep you motivated with your quest for getting into shape.

All exercise must be preceded by stretching. This helps to avoid muscle strain and injury, and a great physical activity doesn't have to involve a personal trainer and loads of expense. It can be as simple as walking around the neighborhood, or cycling on small errands. Even by just choosing to walk all or part of the way to work every day can contribute significantly to a responsible exercise regime.
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Ken Butt is the professional freelance writer. He's also the webmaster of Womanguru.com
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