What is exercise? Exercise is defined as planned, structured, and repetitive bodily movement
done to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness. How important is
exercise? Researchers have found that there is irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of regular
physical activity in the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases. Exercise
has been shown to reduce the onset of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension,
obesity, depression, osteoporosis, and premature death.
Undoubtedly it is most tedious to begin an exercise regimen. Here are some ways you can stay
motivated to complete your workout:
1. A lot of people would love to enjoy the benefits of a good workout but they fail to
because they are no motivated. Set goals. Start with simple goals and then progress to
longer range goals Pick an exercise and gradually increase workout frequency. If you
have been physically inactive for the past few months or longer, the frequency, intensity,
and time of your exercise sessions should be at the minimum. The body stores
carbohydrates as glycogen primarily in the muscles and liver and then uses this stored
glycogen for energy when you are physically active. Fats are also an important source of
energy, packing more than double the energy per gram of carbohydrates.
2. Be sure to vary your type of exercise. It's also important to reevaluate your overall goal
and plan to make sure it is actually achievable.
3. Make it fun. Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you
your interest level up. Like dancing, a fun workout that burns just as much calories as
any other exercise.
4. Make physical activity part of your daily routine. If it's hard to find time for exercise,
don't fall back on excuses. Make everyday count as training. Going to the gym is not for everyone; not all of us can endure a tedious, boring and confusing workout in the gym. Some of us live for the spunk and there are countless other options that offer a fun interesting way to remain healthy. So don’t let that be your excuse for not exercising.