Sweat it out – but with Care

See your doctor before you start any exercise program.  Get a full physical to make sure everything’s in working order, then find a personal trainer in your neighborhood and make an appointment with him or her for a consultation.  Most trainers will give you a free consultation and help you figure out what your fitness level is, your body fat and circumference measurements, and the right way to start a program.

Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym peddling away on a stationary bike. It doesn’t mean you have to spend money on exercise gadgets you will likely never use, either. Anything you do to get your body moving is going to be better than doing nothing. Walking is an easy exercise that you can do just about anywhere, in any climate, not to mention that it’s what your body was designed to do. Bike riding, dancing, gardening, weight lifting, swimming, playing a favorite sport, house cleaning and even playing in the yard with your children are just some of the ways you can add exercise into your daily routine.

Whether your exercise routine is light, moderate, or strenuous there are some guidelines to consider when it comes to eating and drinking around workouts. Before exercising, eat a carbohydrate snack such as yogurt or a bagel one to two hours before exercising so you’ll have the right amount of fuel for your workout, and drink at least two cups of water. During the workout drink about 4 ounces of water every 20 minutes. In high heat or humidity, try a sports drink to preserve energy stores. After you workout you’ll need to replenish lost water to prevent dehydration. Weigh yourself before and after exercise to find how much fluid you’ve lost. For every pound lost drink two cups of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic liquid.

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