Posted in Fitness by inMotion Life
Often men tend to do too much too soon when starting a new exercise program and end up injuring themselves. Whether they just like to go all out once they have made the decision to get fit, or it is hardwired into their core DNA, we will ever really know. However, you should start off exercising by taking up a low impact sport first, no matter what your age is.
Older men or anyone with a health issue should be careful about rushing into a fitness plan. Walking is a great activity and one that is gentle on your joints. From here you can always work up to something more strenuous.
If walking sounds boring to you then why not go for a hike outdoors? You are still getting the same benefits but have the opportunity to take on a more challenging trail if you wish. It would be wise to go with a partner or at least tell someone where you are going and your expected return time.
It is always a good idea to set yourself a fitness goal. This could be walking 10 miles, swimming 50 laps or lifting weights. This will help keep you motivated and on track with your exercise program and fitness goals.
With an end goal in sight you are more likely to get up each morning and make the time to fit in your exercise routine.
Men do love to lift weights and use gym equipment either at home or at their local health club. This is a great idea and is a good way to meet up with other individuals who have the same interests as you. Just remember to start out with a low weight and work your way up slowly and carefully.
If you decide to take up walking or hiking you always want to warm up before you head outside. To prevent you from getting bored on your walk, you could take your MP3 player along with you. Carrying a water bottle will help you keep hydrated and you should stop every 15 minutes or so for a drink of water. When you return home take the time to cool down and stretch your muscles before relaxing.
Low impact exercises should last for at least 20 minutes with your pulse rate increasing about 75 bpm over your normal rate. By keeping these two points in mind you will derive the most from your exercise routine without incurring any muscle strains or other injuries.
Have you started your own fitness program? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Also, feel free to ask any questions you might have regarding getting fit and in shape.