No matter what your fitness level is or what your health goals may be, participating in an exercise program will leave you looking and feeling better in the year 2001, according to health experts. To be successful they suggest incorporating exercise into your lifestyle, just like eating and sleeping.
"Aerobic exercise is the up and coming thing," Fitness and Health Center director Heidi Wiedenfeld said. "We've had people call with their New Year's resolutions and it seems aerobic exercise is the thing they are most interested in."
Cardiovascular training like aerobics, jogging, swimming, fast walking and cross country skiing all incorporate the same goal of getting the heart rate into the target zone and sustaining that pace for an extended period of time. In addition to burning calories and aiding in weight reduction, aerobic exercise has many other benefits as well. Aerobic activity works the heart and lungs, relieves stress, increases lean muscles mass and decreases body fat when done on a long-term basis.
Experts in the field recommend beginning with exercise three times a week for 20-30 minutes per session. Wiedenfeld said the key is to begin slowly and gradually work up to more exercise.
"People who jump right into exercising five or six times a week will suffer burnout and probably injure themselves in the process," Wiedenfeld said. "The big things is, people just need to start."
Read the rest of this article in the 1/06 Pilot Tribune.