Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Physical Fitness Plan

Everyone should have a fitness plan. A personal plan can help you get started in developing your physical fitness. If you are already active or even athletic, a physical fitness plan can help you balance your activities and maintain a healthy level of activity.

When you’re ready to start a fitness routine, it may be tempting to exercise as hard as you can for as long as you can. However, that approach is likely to leave you discouraged and even injured. Instead, you should plan a fitness routine that will let your body adjust to activity. Work up to your fitness goals slowly. Gradually increase both the length of time you spend exercising and the number of times you exercise each week. For example, you might start by doing a fitness activity for just 5 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Increase the amount of time you exercise, to say 7 minutes the next week and to 10 minutes during the third week of your plan. When you are exercising 20 minutes, 3 days a week, you’re ready to add a fourth day to your fitness routine. Eventually, you will be exercising for 20 to 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

There’s more to a physical fitness plan than fitness activities. It’s important to prepare your body for exercise. Preparation involves warm-up activities that will raise your body temperature and get your muscles ready for your fitness activity. Easy warm-up activities include walking, marching, and jogging, as well as basic calisthenics. When you’re developing your own fitness plan, you should include warm-ups in your schedule. As you increase the time you spend doing a fitness activity, you should also increase the time you spend warming up.

1 comment:

  1. This is my challenge right now. Imagine that I sit in front of the PC most of the time. Like now. ;)