Regular daily exercise will help you lose and maintain a healthy weight by increasing your metabolism and utilizing caloric storage.
It will help you sleep better and can also reduce the effects of aging. That’s not a bad deal at all; exercise regularly and live a longer, healthier life.
It will also reduce your risk of different diseases, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes as well as uplift your mental well-being.
Remember: Before changing your diet or physical activity – consult with your family doctor or physician.
Exercising regularly will also help increase your endurance while relieving you of stress and anxiety. Exercise in general can leave you looking and feeling better physically... and not to mention more energized.
There are flexibility exercises, aerobic exercises and anaerobic exercises. Each exercise group is unique.
Flexibility exercises include anything that improves the range of movement of your joints or muscles. Stretching and mobility exercises do exactly that and can be your first series of actions before moving on to anaerobic or aerobic exercise routine.
Aerobic exercise is an exercise that is focused on increasing your cardiovascular endurance. These exercises (mixed with anaerobic exercises) will help you burn fat and improve the overall health of your heart and blood distribution.
Examples of aerobic exercises are walking, jogging, running, jump rope, yoga, rowing, cycling, hiking and sports like tennis.
Anaerobic exercise is any physical activity that promotes strength, power, and speed.
Weight training is a prime example of this type of exercise.
People who go for mass (who want to bulk up on muscle) use this type of exercise.
All physical exercise will help improve your overall physical skills as well as help you shrink fat cells and never be overweight or fat again – if kept up on a regular basis.
The general categories of physical skills are flexibility, cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, strength, stamina, coordination, balance, power, speed, accuracy and agility.
This means that if you get the common cold or flu often, you will notice that will start to fade.
Light physical exercise can be practiced for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
The more repetitive you are with physical activity means the more results you will notice.
It’s up to you to decide how much exercise is good for you to start off with.
The more pounds you have, the heavier you are, and that means it will take more energy out of you when you begin to exercise.
But that is a good thing.
The results you want will develop according to your ability to do the exercise, the repetitions of the exercise and the amount of time and effort you put into it.
Put in little time and little effort and you can only expect little results.
Don’t push yourself too hard at the beginning but do as much physical activity as you can. You will soon realize that day by day, you are losing more and more weight.
The term "compound interest" also works with exercising.
Look at the long term effects and not just the short term.
If you start small, always change the length of your overall routine every week.
If the first week you start stretching for 10 minutes and walk for 10 minutes, the second week you can stretch for the same 10 minutes and walk for 15 minutes.
The third week could be a 20 minute walk and the fourth week can change to 25 minutes and so on.
ALWAYS CHALLENGE YOURSELF.
There is nothing that you can’t do.
Stretching Debate: Should you stretch before Exercising?
Stretching can improve the range of motion of your joints and increase flexibility - it will also get your blood flowing.
It is a natural human thing to do.
I honestly think that it is not necessary to stretch for low intensity exercises.
We’ve been walking since the day we are born.
We didn’t stop and even think that before we learn to walk, to stretch first.
We just learned to walk.
And we don’t need to stretch every time we walk to the bus stop or to the car.
If you are doing an intense exercise like lifting weights or interval training, then you should definitely stretch beforehand.
There is some debate whether or not stretching is good or not good for you.
A Canadian review seen in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine magazine had said that stretching could possibly increase risk of injury.
On the other hand...
the University of Alabama said that there is less risk of injury if you stretch within 15 minutes before exercising.
Other researchers have said that stretching could mask muscle pain which can stop you from recognizing an injury while you exercise and to stop immediately.
The Mayo Clinic Suggests that holding a stretch for over 30 seconds could cause an injury. The Clinic also advises to avoid stretching before doing any high performance exercise as it may affect your performance.
Another suggestion is that stretching could waste your energy prior to exercising.
As you've probably figured out - stretching is highly debatable.
So should you Stretch or Not Stretch?
I myself personally stretch both before and after any intense exercise like strength training.
I have never stretched before a walk.
Have I ever received injury?
It’s ultimately your choice to stretch before or after and light exercise. You should know your body and what you can and cannot do at the moment.
The initial purposes to stretching were to improve performance and to reduce injury. The benefits as stated by various clinics and health centers are; increased flexibility, improved mobility in joints and helps blood flow.
Whatever it is that you decide to do, always remember that it is what you do habitually that counts and not the short term temporary changes.