Your fitness level has a lot to do with how much you enjoy your life and how healthy you are. With all the machines and gadgets prevalent in today's world, many people lead very inactive lives. You shouldn't allow yourself to settle into a passive lifestyle. You will pay for this laziness later. Don't be misled into thinking you have to workout every single day for hours on end. Quite the contrary, a bare-bones fitness plan does not have to consume so much time. In fact, you may even surprise yourself once you see what begins to happen after you put an exercise plan into place. As soon as you begin to see improvement to your muscles, you just might want to step up your exercise regimen.
Every week there is something in the news about senior citizens accomplishing some kind of physical feat. Can you run a marathon? Fauja Singh is 100 years old and he just finished the 2011 Waterfront Marathon in Toronto and set a world's record. Many senior citizens - in their 60s and 70s and even older - are more fit and healthy than men and women half their age. Therefore, don't use your age as an excuse - or mental block - to not start an exercise program and become healthy and fit. It goes without saying that you need to get a check-up from your doctor before you begin. Then, it's just a matter of fine-tuning your exercise program to suit your age. And so, proceed slow and easy. There's no hurry.
Many people are impatient or pressed for time and fail to adequately prepare their bodies for exercise. It is extremely important, in order to avoid injury, to stretch and warm up your muscle groups before you begin your fitness routine. It doesn't take long to stretch the muscles in your upper torso with a few static stretches. Trunk stretches are one of the stretches you can use for your upper body. With your hands on the waist, gently twist your upper body alternating left and right. It's also important to warm up and stretch your upper back and neck. For your neck, drop your chin to your chest and then drop your head backwards, trying to touch your upper back with the back of your head. Hold each position for 10 seconds. For your back, place your feet shoulder-width apart, put your hands on your hips, and bend to the front and the rear.
The exercises you choose will determine how severe the "tear down" on your muscles is. But no matter what, you need to allow some time for your body to heal and rebuild.
Along with giving that time, it is imperative you get ample amount of much-needed sleep. Your body uses the time you are sleeping to rejuvenate itself so you will be adequately prepared to face the new day. If you don't get enough sleep, you will be groggy and more subject to injury when you exercise. You will also feel much more charged up when you awaken if you have had the right amount of sleep. Your energy level will be high and you will feel revitalized.
It's very important to learn all you can about becoming fit. Search out information and study it until you are familiar with the principles of fitness. Learning this vital information can make all the difference in the success of your fitness regimen. You will quickly understand the benefits of taking the time to study and understand all you can about fitness.
Once you know about fitness in general, concentrate your studying on the type of exercises you plan to undertake. The last important subject for you to tackle is how to take care of yourself. By knowing as much as you can, you will understand what you are doing and why. This is the most intelligent way to begin a comprehensive exercise regimen.