When the horizon is faintly painted in red and orange hue,
And the sky has just begun to reveal its blue;
When Birds are just preparing to leave their abodes,
And the chirps, the tweets are resonating at joyous modes;
When the leaves are clad with glistening dew drops,
And flowers are opening their bosoms to the bounties;
Jump out of bed,
Get ready for the road ahead;
For it’s time to do some pushups and pull ups,
Do not fret,
Stop not! For you have miles to jog before you sweat!
Who doesn’t want a toned up body and a disease free life? Exercise is the tool. It is of paramount importance to understand the proper way of exercising and then being persistent.
Dawn and dusk are the two appropriate times to start exercising. Of the two, the wee hours are more suitable. After a good, uninterrupted and sound sleep of 5-6 hours, the body and the mind are fresh enough to avail the full benefits of exercise. The mind and the body do the repair work during the night. The mind gets cleared off all the disturbing thoughts. The body and the mind are the most receptive at the morning hours. Get up early, an hour earlier than your usual time. Relieve yourself of the natural urges. And begin exercising.
Always wear loose comfortable clothes. The fabric must be preferably of cotton for it absorbs the sweat and thwarts the harboring of bacteria. You may choose a place that is serene and close to the nature for exercising. But if such a place does not fall nearby, then a suitable park at the neighbourhood, or a hall or a spacious room with good ventilation would suffice.
Warm up before exercising to prepare the body for exercises. Jogging for half a mile or one serves the purpose.
You have to keep some guidelines under consideration for exercising.
- Start with a plan:
Plan your exercising schedule. Pick up a suitable exercising program online or refer to your bonus eBook that came with your Exercise Bands.
Set the objectives for each day. Review and modify your plans weekly. For example, devote 10 minutes for warm up, 20 minutes for exercising in the first week. Then gradually increase the time and adjust it into your daily routine.
Include exercises that tone up almost every part of the body. Ensure that almost all the major muscles are included in exercising.
Warm up is necessary to prepare the body to bear the stress and strain produced during exercise. As the name suggests, it warms up the body and the muscles by increasing the blood flow to the muscles thus lending more oxygen supply needed during exercise and prevents damage to the muscle fibers which may occur due to sudden force levied during strenuous exercise.
Warm up is done in two steps. Firstly, aerobics of light intensity are done. A brisk walk, jogging, walking lunges are a few of the aerobics that contribute to a good warm up.
Secondly, stretching is done. Ever observed a cat when it gets up after a sleep? It stretches its full body before springing into action. Stretching after the muscles have been warmed up after a light aerobic exercise greatly increases flexibility and tones up the muscles. Yoga poses are the best stretching exercises that can be done at this point of time.
- Start gradually:
The mantra is not to do it too fast. The slow and steady has always won the race.
- Keep self-motivating:
Why were you initially motivated to start exercising? Is your weight shooting off the normal limits? Or it may be due to a chronic illness. Or you are one of the kinds who are keen on remaining fit and in shape. It is important to keep the goal clear in mind and motivate yourself time and again.
Have a sibling, friend or a neighbor take up the exercise program with you. That keeps you going even when you are not in a mood to continue.
Do not fret if you develop cramps. The best way to deal with cramps is to continue exercising.
- Improvise the program according to you:
Ensure that the program includes the exercise that tones up your whole body. Do not jog for more than 4 times a week. Your muscles need time to rest and repair all that has been damaged. The program does not need to be austere. Instead, if you include fun filled exercises like swimming, biking, dancing etc., it would be more beneficial.
- Consult your doctor:
Consult your doctor if you are affected with ailments. There might be some exercises which may lay adverse effect on your condition. On the contrary, there are some specific exercises meant specifically for some diseases. So it would be wise to consult the doctor before you start exercising.
- Cooling down:
Just as the warm up is required to prepare the body for exercise, gradual cooling down is required for the body to come to a state of rest. Simple stretching exercises or a walk will do.
Exercising is fun! Some ups and downs may initially thwart your consistency but you will finally start enjoying exercising. You will initially need persistence, commitment and faith until exercising becomes a habit.