What can I expect to get from the right exercise program?

Wendy Batts
Let’s talk about what the right exercise program may consist of. While the right program will look different for everybody based on your individual needs, programs should have some common features. These include exercises designed to improve core strength, balance, muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory capacity and flexibility. A program that addresses these areas in a systematic personalized way would be what we would call the “right” program.

What to expect will depend on how all the exercises for those features will be incorporated and how consistent you’ll be with your workouts. In general though, you can expect some of the following. 
  • Improved posture
  • Improved balance
  • Better coordination
  • Better flexibility
  • Improved endurance
  • Increased strength
  • Weight loss (if you eat fewer calories in addition to the right exercise program)
  • More energy
  • Decreased risk of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension

It’s a great idea to get some guidance from a fitness professional that can help design the right program for you and keep you on track as well!
There is no "right" exercise program. You have to find out what works for you today and do it. Everyone is unique and has the key to their own lock box of having a healthy fit body. I believe in short workouts, a little bit everyday. Like brushing your teeth.  You wouldn't only brush your teeth on Saturday.
Howard Sichel
Physical Therapy

First, the right program means any program that excites you and inspires you to be consistent. There is no magic bullet program , although i beleive classical Pilates is a great startuing point. Find something that you enjoy working at and get going. The right program is a balanced one of stability, strength , stretch and stamina, Develop the stability to avaoid injury, strength to build muscle and burn fat, stertch to ease tightness and stamina to kleep doing more,

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Better sex and fewer wrinkles--that’s right--but also feeling better and living the rest of your life with less disability and less weight. The right exercise program will incorporate three forms of physical activity--any, resistance, and cardio, in that order of introduction--and nutrition guidelines that will be fun for you. It will prepare you for Iron Man, if that is what you want, or give you more energy than a newborn puppy.

Psychologically the right exercise program will provide you with an enhanced mood (feeling more positive and better able to deal with situations that come up), more clear thought process (the ability to think more quickly and make better decisions), better sleep (falling asleep more quickly, longer periods of deep sleep and feeling more refreshed in the morning), reduced stress (things are less stressful and dealt with in a less stressful way), less anxiety (situations are less anxiety provoking and anxiety is dealt with in a more efficient way)and improves levels of depression (exercise improves mood alleviating one of the top symptoms).

Woman Exercising in Park
The right exercise program will get you results! Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, increase your energy levels, or recover from an injury - provided your goals are realistic, the right exercise program will help you achieve your goals in a safe and progressive manner. Your exercise program will be designed specifically for you, based on your needs, while keeping your goals in mind. Other benefits of participating in the right exercise program for you include: improved body composition, decreased stress levels, increased self-esteem and psychological well-being, and increased strength and energy levels. In short, the right exercise program will leave you looking and feeling great!
The right exercise program will deliver a positive self image, increased your confidence, and have you feeling better than ever. The program is also designed with you specifically in mind for your specific goals. Some want to gain muscle, some want to lose weight, others train for general fitness. Results are your main goal but give your body time to adapt to your new fitness lifestyle. Adaptation may take up to 8 weeks, but the changes will come.
Dr. Mike Clark, DPT
Results. Clear and simple. The right program for you will deliver you to your goals in a reasonable time frame with success. If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase performance, get out of pain or just feel better, a properly designed program that focuses on your needs, and created around your interests, will support your exercise goals. In addition, there are several physical benefits to an exercise program. From increased vitality, energy, strength, muscle definition, and better internal health, a good workout program will deliver all of the above. What you should not encounter is pain (physical soreness will occur, however I am referring to specific, acute or chronic pain) or injury. A program that asks you to do too much, too soon, before your body is ready to handle the load of the exercise, could potentially lead you to injury.  

With the right program, you can expect to get positive physiological results, which can enhance your life and aid in dealing with the rigors of aging. Fitness research has shown that performing moderate exercise on a regular basis can help boost immunity and help prevent disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity can help individuals maintain their weight, reduce their chances for type 2 diabetes, and help the elderly reduce the chances of falls. With serious commitment, genuine effort, and some discomfort, you can expect to achieve your fitness goals.

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