No standard set of exercises can be planned to suit each and every individual. The basic principles for an exercise schedule are:
- Evaluate your fitness level. Be certain that your exercise plan will not aggregate any chronic physical condition you may have, such as arthritis.
- Identify your specific goal whether you are aiming for weight loss or general fitness and so on.
- Set a specific time period, you want to allot to your program
- Pick the exercise that uses skills different from those you may use at work.
- Consider choosing an activity you already enjoy or would like to try. If the activities are the ones you like, you’ll always be motivated to keep doing them.
- Plan an exercise program that includes strength training as well as endurance (aerobic) activity.
- Begin exercise gradually and work up slowly to your desired level of fitness.
- Always perform your exercise with the right posture techniques so as not to lay stress on any of your joints and to avoid injury.
- Use equipment that is the right size or weight for your level of skills and physical size.
- Begin each workout with a gradual warm-up period that includes flexibility exercises (at least five minutes) and end your exercise with a cool down period gradually bringing your body back to rest. A good stretch can also help reduce post-exercise soreness.
- Be certain to get enough daily rest.
- Pay attention to your own body’s signals when they tell you to slow down.
- Never exercise after a heavy meal or after drinking alcohol. If you feel sick or dizzy, stop immediately.
- After and during exercise, prevent dehydration by drinking water.
- Aim to work out the whole body equally to make all groups of muscles strong. Otherwise weaker muscles may be prone to injury.
- Proper breathing pattern is an essential factor during workouts.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE REGIMEN IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM ANY DISEASE- EVEN IF THE DOCTOR HAS ADVISED YOU TO EXERCISE.