Exercise should be a part of any long-term beauty enhancement program. With a good diet, stress management, and plenty of exercise, you can have a naturally toned face and body that will amaze your friends and family.
As an important part of any workout routine, stretching increases muscle flexibility, reduces your chances of injury, and can improve your posture.
Stretching before your workout warms up your muscles and prepares them for more vigorous exercise; stretching after your workout cools down your muscles and can prevent soreness and stiffness later.
Your muscles and joints should feel relaxed when you stretch so if you experience any pain, ease yourself out of your stretching position and move on to less demanding positions.
Yoga and Pilates provide structured stretching techniques that can benefit your body’s various organ systems and functions, and if you prefer to exercise your artistic side, ballet is a wonderful way to stretch and focus your creative energy.
Conditioning your cardiovascular system can help you decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and other life-threatening diseases.
When you condition your cardiovascular system, your body’s demand for oxygen increases and your heart becomes bigger, stronger, and more efficient.
Aerobic exercise (steady, prolonged motion of large muscles) is an excellent way to improve your cardiovascular system; walking, jogging, running, swimming, and cycling are all forms of aerobic exercise.
For best results, you will want to increase and sustain your heartbeat to a target rate between 60-80% of its maximum capacity for at least 20 minutes a day, three times a week.
If you are just starting an aerobic conditioning routine, start out slowly and, as your body becomes more fit, gradually increase your workout until you work up to your target heart rate.
As with any other exercise program, you will want to consult with your healthcare professional to make sure that it is the right program for your needs.
If you’re apprehensive about weight training because you don’t want to look like the guys and gals in bodybuilding magazines, the following information should alleviate many of your concerns.
Lifting weights has become one of the most popular fitness activities for people of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds.
Even if you’ve never touched a weight, education and implementation of the right strength training program can help you increase muscle, tendon, bone and ligament strength, improve your metabolism, and lower your risk of injury.
Generally, if you’re a beginner, machines such as universal gyms are the best because they are convenient, tested for safety, and usually come with tapes and booklets that will help you begin a new strength training program.
Machines tend to be on the expensive side, so you will want to do some research before you purchase any home exercise equipment.
Free weights can be used to supplement conditioning provided by machines, and if you are involved in sports that demand strength training, you may actually prefer to use free weights since they allow you to work on certain areas that many exercise machines are not able to target.
Again, you will want to consult with your healthcare professional before you begin an exercise program or make significant changes to your existing program.