It’s an essential component of a healthy lifestyle and one of the best tools in your weight loss arsenal. Whether you were a high school athlete or you’ve never worked out fitting exercise into your life is important.
Cardiovascular (cardio or aerobic) exercise uses the large muscles in your body, such as your legs and buttocks, in a continuous activity, such as walking, running or bicycling.
The benefits of cardio a include keeping your heart, lungs and muscle groups healthy. Your metabolism is also increased, which can boost fat burning. Even better—the body continues to burn calories at a higher level for hours after the exercise.
If you haven’t been active and want to start exercising, we suggest starting slowly. Walk briskly for up to 20 minutes, then slowly increase your time. You can also swim, bike or hike to get cardiovascular exercise.
Resistance training is a kind of activity that provides resistance to muscles as they exercise. This can be accomplished with weight lifting, movement using thick bands or by using body weight while climbing, walking or doing push-ups or yoga. Resistance builds lean muscle and strengthens the muscles and tendons that are engaged in resistance exercise; and it also helps to strengthen bones.
If you’ve never worked out before, it might be a good idea to attend a class or hire a trainer to help you learn the proper weight lifting techniques, warm-ups and cool-down routines. Another benefit: Learning the proper way to lift weights helps you avoid injury.
Start incorporating fitness into your daily routine. You’ll feel great and you’ll see even more results!
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