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Guide To Physical Exercise

Aug 17, 2007
Physical exercise is very important in maintaining health and keeping in shape. There are many types of physical exercise depending on your abilities and what you like to do. Whether you like playing tennis, dancing, climbing or pounding the treadmills at the gym, there is plenty of choice when it comes to working out. Exercise is good for your overall health, for keeping your body supple and lean and improving bone density, muscle strength and the mobility of your joints. Coupled with a healthy diet, physical exercise can result in a supple body and a good standard of overall health.

Over-exercising, however, can be bad for you because the body needs at least one day of rest a week. If you do not get sufficient physical rest, you have a greater risk of circulation problems or stroke. Muscle tissue development might be slowed. When you exercise, contractile proteins in your muscles are consumed to give you energy. Fats and carbohydrates are similarly consumed and excessive exercise can result in torn connective tissue which can be damaging and painful. Some people become addicted to exercise because of the 'high' they feel when endorphins are released. It is best to begin with a gentle exercise program, especially if you have not been physically active for a while, and build your way up to a harder fitness agenda at your own pace. Everybody has different limits and abilities.

Two types of physical exercise are aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise is a moderately intense activity which is done for a long period. Examples include cycling, swimming and jogging. These exercises get your heart rate up and burn calories. Anaerobic exercise involves weight training or strength training. With anaerobic exercise you undertake an intense activity for a short period of time. Sprinting and lifting weights are examples. A mixture of aerobic and anaerobic activities is a good way to get your whole body in shape and attain ultimate fitness.

A good fitness program agenda would include aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise, circuit training, strength training and agility training. It is important to get your heart rate up with cardiovascular exercise. You cannot target one part of the body with this type of exercise and weight loss (if that is your goal) should be uniform. Aerobic training is good for losing fat. Anaerobic training is good for increasing strength, stamina and muscle mass. Saying that, any physical exercise is better than none at all. If you undertake a type of exercise that you hate, the chances are you will give up, so pick something you like. If you love swimming but hate running then swim and don't run! You have more chance of sticking to your fitness plan then.

If you are following a healthy physical exercise program and working out several times a week, a nutritionally balanced diet will help you keep fit and provide adequate energy for your exercise sessions. Drinking plenty of water is important, as is making sure you eat a good, balanced amount of proteins, carbohydrates, 'good' fats, fruits and vegetables. Sugars and alcohol should be minimal. There is no need to starve yourself or eat things you really do not like but putting a good amount of the right foods into your body is important.

If you want to feel healthy and look great, physical exercise coupled with a nutritionally balanced diet is a must.
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