How to Prepare for Exercise

How to Prepare for Exercise

How to Prepare for Exercise

Before you start an exercise regimen, it is important to consult a healthcare provider to ensure you do not have any conditions that may be hampered by exercise. If all is a go – read up on fitness tip, choose an activity, establish a routine and welcome the rewards!

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    The important element of your success has been, and always will be, your mindset. The power of your thought drives every action, reaction, commitment and ultimately success you have in your life. Your mindset will get you moving and keep you moving! Make a decision and move. Focus on the real reason “why” you are starting your fitness program. Write down the first answer that comes to mind.  Now ask yourself why this reason is so important to you. Keep asking yourself “why” until you drill down so deep into your core reasoning that you can’t ask yourself “why” any longer.  You have found your focus. Now keep it. Write it in large letters across a piece of paper and stick that piece of paper in places you visit each and every day, like a bathroom mirror or the refrigerator door. The why matters because it will help you stay accountable to how you create your change! 
    Next, invest in professional assistance! Health and fitness professionals are educated in the best methods, techniques and programming skills to provide you with individualized solutions that are based on science, not fads or gimmicks. A little assistance can go a long way in helping you reach your goals!
     
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    Yes!   The participant can do the training at their own "speed" so depending on the clients goal this would be a great way to burn calories in a fun environment. The client doesn't have to learn the techniques but will anyway all the while getting a great workout!

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    Dr. Mike Clark - What do I need to be aware of when starting an exercise program?



    It is so important that you begin to take care of your body, however, there are a few things you should know before you start.  View this video to find out.

     

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    A fabulous way to begin exercising is to choose an activity that you actually enjoy and then do it!  Nike’s advertising campaign of “Just Do It” really hits the mark because all the best intentions mean little if you aren’t out there putting your plans into motion.  Start with walking around the block or doing sit-ups during commercials while watching television.  Focus on making just one meaningful difference and soon you’ll be encouraged to make more. 

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    The jump-in-at-the-deep-end strategy to starting an exercise program can work for some, but the risk of injury is relatively high if you’re out of shape. Start out by pushing yourself hard enough to sweat, but at a level that matches your current fitness. The worse shape you’re in and the older you are, the more important it is to keep each day’s exercise well within your limits. This means keeping the intensity low and building up the duration.
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    Stretches to perform during your recovery from hip bursitis should be focused on the major muscle groups in your hips and legs. You can start with a stretch for your hip flexors, inner thighs, and calves. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat.

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    Whatever activity you enjoy doing, incorporate that into your fitness program. You will be more likely to stick with exercise when you enjoy the activities, than performing exercises or routines you dislike.  There are various forms of training, modalities, classes and products that you can incorporate into your workout program. Try everything available to you and determine what you like and then work with a professional to help you create a workout plan that is centered on your individual preferences, needs and goals.  Remember, anything that can increase your heart rate and condition your muscles can be considered “exercise.”  Work to accumulate 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Whatever training you do choose, your program should start out slow and progress in difficulty or intensity as you become more conditioned. 
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    Here's how to do ankle pumps to warm up ankles:

    Reps: 10
    Sets: 1
    Intensity: Light
    Tempo: Slow and controlled
    Rest: No rest needed

    Starting position: Sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Lift your right foot a few inches off the floor.

    Movement: Flex your foot to point your toes toward the ceiling. Then point your foot and toes toward the floor. Finish all reps, then repeat with your left leg. This completes one set.

    Tips and techniques:
    • Maintain neutral posture with your shoulders down and back.
    • Breathe comfortably.
    Too hard? Make your movements smaller.

    Too easy? Do two to three sets.
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    Here's how to do alternating knee lifts to warm up hips:

    Reps: 10
    Sets: 1
    Intensity: Light
    Tempo: Slow and controlled
    Rest: No rest needed

    Starting position: Stand up straight with your feet together and your hands at your sides.

    Movement: Lift your right knee toward the ceiling. Lower to the starting position. Repeat with your left knee. This is one rep.

    Tips and techniques:
    • Keep your chest lifted and your shoulders down and back.
    • Contract your abdominal muscles throughout.
    Too hard? Hold on to a chair for support.

    Too easy? Do 10 knee lifts on the right side, then 10 on the left, to complete one set.
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    To get your exercise regimen started, set some reasonable goals first. You’re more likely to enjoy your workouts and see results if you’re working towards a goal. Do this by setting goals that are SMART; These are Specicfic, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time sensitive. Once your goals are set, form a plan of action and dedicate time each day to reach your newly made fitness goals!