Spring has arrived, and for many people it triggers a desire to get (back) into shape. Warmer weather means that it’s easier to get outside to exercise, and with every passing day the summer and bathing suit season gets closer. If you have decided that now is the time to shape up and improve your heart health, here are some suggestions to help you achieve your goal.
Your first stop should not be to the gym, but to your doctor’s office. If you haven’t been active for some time, you will want to be sure that you are healthy enough for physical activity. This is a great time to have a complete physical if you haven’t had one for a while, and be sure to ask your doctor to check your blood pressure to rule out hypertension as a health condition.
Before you start the exercise program, you will need to take some time to think about your goals. Do you want to improve your heart health by doing some cardio exercise? Do you want to lose weight? Have you decided to train for a running event or do you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle? Once you know exactly what you want to achieve, you will be able to make a plan that reflects your goal.
Choosing the Right Kind of Exercise
There are many options available when it comes to exercise, and your goal should be to find an activity that you will enjoy doing, as opposed to going with whatever type happens to be trendy right now.
Joining a gym does offer a number of options to people who want to get fit, and not all of them involve using exercise equipment. Check with your local facility to find out about yoga or Pilates classes for fitness. Both of these options offer a great workout, as well as the opportunity to meet new people.
Some people need to be around others to stay motivated to achieve their fitness goals, and signing up for a team sport is a good solution for them. It combines regular exercise with a social aspect that can help a person stick with his or her resolution to be more physically active.
Exercise can take on a number of forms. An effective strategy to ward off boredom can be to include different activities in a fitness routine. Even taking 10 or 15 minutes per day to devote to some type of exercise will help. Starting off slowly will help a person who has not exercised for some time to adjust to this lifestyle change.