It goes without saying that the quality of your life and your health and well-being all depend on how fit you are. We've all become so dependent on the gadgets that do our work for us, that we have become a lot less physically active than generations past. Being sedentary is something you cannot afford to do, as it will impact your health and well-being. However, it isn't necessary to begin an Olympic-style training program. A perfectly adequate, pared down fitness program that includes the essential elements doesn't demand a lot of your time. You're going to be very pleased when you see how your muscles respond to even the smallest amount of exercise. When you see how responsive your body and muscles are, you will probably want to do even more.
Abandoning an exercise program after it has been started is done by a lot of people for many reasons. There hardest thing there is to do to keep going on any program, is to keep motivated and not get bored. The right program or one you really like, is the easiest way to keep this from happening. You need something that is a workout, it can't be sitting on the couch watching TV. Eliminating stress can be done easily by adding exercise, which doesn't need to be any more than an after dinner walk. Once you get into the habit of being in motion, transitioning into something that is more beneficial will be easier.
If you don't have the time or patience to warm up and prepare your body properly before you workout, you are making the same mistake that countless other people have made. In order to prevent injury, the first thing you must do before you exercise is stretch out your muscle groups. It doesn't take long to stretch and warm up your upper body. All you need to do are some easy, gentle stretches. These upper body stretches can be simple twists and bends from the waist. Put your hands on your waist, slowly and gently twist to the left, hold for about 10 seconds. Repeat by twisting to the right. You really should stretch out your back and neck area, too. So in that case you can do forward bends but be careful to avoid bending too far.
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.
Allowing yourself enough time to heal and rebuild your muscles is important and, secondly, you want to ensure that you get enough sleep. It is while your body is sleeping that your muscles can repair and rebuild themselves so you will be ready for the next day and/or the next workout. If you don't get enough sleep, you will be groggy and more subject to injury when you exercise. Adequate sleep will leave you feeling refreshed, with high energy levels, which will make you feel great.
When you plan a fitness regimen, it's imperative to include a comprehensive warm-up using stretches in order to prevent injuries. When you have finished your workout, it's also important to do some stretching to cool-down. Don't take a chance on injuring your muscles, ligaments, and tendons by taking shortcuts. Take the time to do things properly. If you do weight training, then you have more of a reason for stretching. It's no secret that lifting weights shortens your muscles. In the final analysis, you will do just find, and get off to a great start, if you do whatever is necessary - without rushing - to bring your body to optimum health and fitness.