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Monday, August 12, 2019

The Best Exercises To Stay In Shape

What is the best exercise to stay fit and in good health?



  I would like to say I know a lot about exercise and staying in shape. I have a lot of practice over the years to keep my body healthy and in shape. While I may not have the ideal fitness body look, I am very healthy and look awesome for my age. My blood pressure and cholesterol are at normal levels. I am able to run five miles a day and I still fit into clothes that I wore in college. I have a passion for fitness and have learned over the years the best exercises to keep my body and heart healthy. Just in the past four years, I have made healthy changes in my exercise and eating habits and I have seen my body go from flabby to trim. I feel like my body is in the best shape since I had my last two boys. I am also very happy with my body. I have learned to love my body, no matter what shape it is.





What is the best exercise?

 To be honest, I don't think there is one exercise that is better than another. The purpose of exercise is to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Exercise keeps our heart and lungs healthy as well as the rest of the body. When our body is healthy, we feel good and have energy. We also have less stress and our body is able to fight out germs and diseases better. The best exercise is one that raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes to an hour. The best exercise is one that you enjoy. If you enjoy exercise, you may just succeed in accomplishing it 3-5 days a week. If you do not regularly exercise, it may feel like a chore in the beginning but if you stick with it, it will get easier. It also helps to change your attitude about exercise and realize that our bodies need it, just like sleep and food. I like to look at exercise as something that makes me feel good. It is not a punishment but rather a time to see what your body can do.

So many ways to exercise 
 These are some of the ways that I like to get my much-needed exercise. They are just a few examples of types of exercises that get your heart pumping. There are so many different ways to exercise and new ones are always being discovered. I recently attended a fitness conference and I was amazed at all the different fitness classes that were being taught. I was only able to attend a couple of the classes but one exercise that I really enjoyed was Poundfit. This fun way to exercise used drumsticks and upbeat music. It brought out the rockstar in me.

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Running
 My favorite way to exercise is running outdoors as I get to see things and say hello to people. I like to be outdoors. I chose running many years ago as it allows I can my workout done in 30 minutes. As a young mom, way back when, I did not have much time to work out so I chose running. I discovered that I liked the fast-paced type of exercise. A lot of people think that running is the best exercise but for some, it may be too hard on their knees and joints as it is a high impact exercise. Running is a sport that should be started gradually by first doing some fast walking than alternating this with running to get your body used to it.



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Walking
On days that I am tired or I want to work different muscles, I go for a fast walk. For people who are new to daily exercise, walking is one of the best exercises. You don't need any fancy equipment or workout clothes. You just need a good pair of walking shoes. I like walking because I can do it while I travel. I always try to stay at a hotel that is a mile away from an event so I have to get exercise in daily.



Biking
 I love combing exercises with errands and biking allows me to do just that. I equipt my bike with baskets so I can bike to the grocery store. I also ride my bike when it allows me to save money and I discovered an easy bike path that gets me to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta so I don't have to pay for parking. I love biking to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta as I also avoid all the traffic. My church is 5 miles from my house and I will bike to church when the boys are camping and I don't have a car.

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Swimming
  Swimming is a great way to get that cardiovascular exercise in and it is the easiest on your body and joints. So if you want to get some amazing cardio in but not put any stress on your joints, then swimming may be the healthy exercise for you. You don't even have to swim laps to get a heart-pumping workout in. Just moving around in the water is good exercise. When I take my boys to the pool, I will exercise while I am watching them in the water. I also love to put on my water-proof headphones while in the pool and dance away to the music. When  I am traveling, this is how I fit exercise into my day.



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Dancing
 Dancing is a fun way to get some exercise in. You can simply put on some music at home or head to the gym for a dance class. You can also put on your dancing shoes and head out to a party or a place that has some great dancing music. I like to dance inside when the weather is too cold or windy to be outside. When my kids were little, dancing was a way that I exercised in the winter. I would put on some fast music and we would dance for 30 minutes. It was a great way for them to burn off all that energy that they had from being stuck in the house.

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Workout machines
 I finally got my husband to embrace exercising and he likes to meet me at the gym after work. So I will never say no to him when he wants to go to the gym. So I will exercise on the exercise bike, treadmill, or the elliptical machine. Sometimes I will run in the morning and then do my simple weight exercises at the gym. 

Take up a sport
 If you enjoy watching sports, you may enjoy participating in a sport. Sports like football, basketball, soccer, and others not only give you some exercise but they also are a great way to socialize. I never really enjoyed team sports but my boys love playing basketball with their friends.



Making exercise fun
 Music
Exercise is not always fun but there are ways to make it less boring. The best way to make exercise less of a chore is to listen to some upbeat fast music. If you exercise on an exercise machine at home, use that time to watch your favorite show. The gym that I have a membership at has TVs on the exercise machines so I like to watch cooking shows or HGTV while working out. I put the closed captions on the TV screen so I can read while stilling listening to my music.

Bring a friend
  Go walking with a friend or your husband. That way you can talk while getting some exercise. Just make sure to keep walking fast.

Competition
 Add some friendly competition to your workout. I like to have races with my husband on the rower machines at the gym. We try to see who can get 2000 meters in the fastest. My husband usually wins as he has longer legs but I have a fun time trying to beat him.

Reward yourself
 Think of a non-food reward that you can earn by exercising. When you get your exercise time in, then reward yourself. These rewards could be something as simple as a soak in the tub or watching your favorite show.

Make goals
Set some goals that you can reach to get yourself motivated to exercise. Maybe you have your eye on a new purse or a new pair of shoes. Maybe it could be a date night with your husband. Make the goals simple so you can reach them. The goal could be as simple as exercising for a week or a full month. 

  Those are just some of the many ways to get some exercise into your day. There are so many different ways that one can exercise and keep their body healthy. I don't think one exercise is better than the other it is about getting your heart rate up so that your blood can pump through your body and you can work up a sweat. I like to think of exercise as a way for our bodies to stay healthy. Our bodies are made to move and exercise is just important to our bodies like food and sleep. When we make it a priority like brushing our teeth, it is easier to do. My motto is to just do it. I hate waking up early and getting out for a run but by the time I am done, I feel so much better and full of energy. My brain is alive and I am ready to tackle the day. There is not a better time to work out in the day. I sometimes exercise in the afternoon or the evening. Just exercise when it is convenient for you and don't say that you don't have the time, make the time or split up your exercise several times throughout the day. People that exercise are healthier, have more energy and fewer colds. When I get a cold, I rarely get sick, I am able to recover faster because my body is healthy.

What is your favorite way to exercise?



27 comments:

  1. I try to do some of these. I jog most days in the morning and try to drink plenty of water. Music does help me a ton!

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  2. I fail at exercising miserably. My plan is to get on my treadmill and try to do some sit up! Great suggestions you noted!

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  3. Recently, stretching & going on bike rides with my kids. I need to add some sort of strength training now.

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  4. Great ideas! I do yoga every morning and sometimes before bed too but just got a Y membership so I can go swimming too.

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  5. I've been needing some workout motivation! These look like some great workouts for sure!

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  6. These are wonderful tips. I didn’t know a lot of this and
    I’m not *too* far off from 50. I’ll be keeping these all in mind. - Jeanine

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  7. My current go-to exercise is walking! I love how peaceful it is and how it releases so much tension.

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  8. These are all great ideas. Swimming, biking and walking are my top favorite. I enjoy these forms of exercise the most.

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  9. My son went to his first day of soccer today. I told him he would be sore, but that it was great because it was going to show him all that his body can do.

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  10. Now that my kids are back in school, my husband and I want to make it a point to start exercising, together. We plan to walk to start!

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  11. I so needed to read this. I Have to start doing something because winter is coming and I am such a slug when winter arrives. I hate winter, so while the weather is still a little warm outside it's a great time to use some of your best exercises to stay in shape.

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  12. I need to start exercising more. These are all great ideas. Walking and dancing would be right up my alley.

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  13. There are so many ways to exercise but so little time because of our hectic schedules. I like how simple and doable your examples are. Cheers to a healthier body.

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  14. I actually enjoy walking, cycling and dancing the most out of all those on your list. I do like to make it fun and include a reward every now and again.

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  15. Great ideas! I do yoga once a week and go to the gym 3-5 times a week! I feel much better when I work out!

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  16. Oh God. I am fallen so far off the wagon. We've just had so much going on here and working out has been hard. I need to get back to it!

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  17. Great ideas here. I have been lacking so badly and need to get back on track. Working out is such a great feeling.

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  18. Running is also my favorite form of exercise, but I like to go to the gym too! I like the saying "the best type of exercise is the type you will actually do" so if you hate running but love workout classes, then you should do that! I love listening to podcasts when I workout, it's like a little treat for me (:

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  19. It takes discipline and a lot of effort to do workouts! fitness is never an easy thing to do!

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  20. I am not over 50 yet, but I think this is a great list for everyone to read! I love dancing and walking in pretty places like parks and gardens.

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  21. These are great suggestions and explanations. Fitness is so important, not just only for they physical, but the mental spirit too. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Running, power walking, weight lifting and stretching – are my daily routines. That's what keeps me going. Thank you, Tara, for being inspiration and support.

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  23. I love doing an exercise but not to stay fit but to stay healthy. It as never an easy thing to do and I appreciate this useful guide.

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  24. I'm not a gym person but I try to practice yoga regularly. It makes me feel so good!

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  25. I do love to walk especially when I need to decide on something or I'm stressed out. I do not always go out but make sure I do a few things to be active.

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  26. Hi
    Yep i prefer power walking, just as good as jogging but without the stress on the joints

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  27. Hi
    Yep ill second that, power walking, then a quick shower and a good night sleep in my bedroom with my spouse!

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