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Physical exercise gets us into shape and ensures that we stay fit. This
is important because it makes us look good, but it also helps us remain
healthy and diminishes stress. Getting physically fit is no easy matter,
even though physical activity should be an essential part of our way of
life. Our sedentary lifestyle, the stresses in modern life and in the
workplace make regular exercise a necessity to help keep healthy and
alleviate some of the pressures.
The best thing to do is join a
fitness center and use its facilities. That way, you get professional
instruction and have access to modern and usually expensive equipment.
what about those who are too busy and cannot take the time to go to a
health club? For them, the next best thing is to exercise at home or in
their office. Those with the financial means can acquire the services of
a personal trainer.
There is a third option. Many high-rise
apartment buildings have a swimming pool and a communal gym. They may
also have a lifeguard who doubles as a fitness trainer.
those exercising at home on their own, they are their own trainers. They
must formulate a fitness program, choose the right exercises and, what
is most important, exercise on a regular basis.
Zachi Nahum, head
of the professional training department at the Go Active Fitness
Center, says, “For most men and women, I strongly recommend training
within an organizational framework. But if there is a problem of time,
then training at home is second best. To make the most of it, one should
know exactly what to expect. There are different exercises for every
part of the body. In general, women want to maintain their figure, while
most men want to enlarge their muscles. But the main objective should
be to keep fit, to maintain the flexibility of all or at least most of
the muscles, to activate the body.”
People who want to exercise
on their own should realize that they are doing this alone and must have
the necessary will and determination. Those training in the gym of
their residence will have the necessary equipment. Those training at
home will have to buy some basic equipment, such as weights, power
lines, push-up bars, stationary bikes and treadmills.
is limited, it is advisable to make do with a power line, which develops
the muscles in the arms and belly, and a treadmill, which develops the
leg muscles. If there is no extra space at all, consider jogging, which
is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories. Swimming is also an
excellent way burn calories, and it activates nearly all the muscles in
Another good form of exercise is cycling. It is an
efficient way to develop the leg and stomach muscles. And during rush
hours, bicycling is a quicker and less frustrating way to get to a
destination than driving. And that will certainly reduce mental
stress. What’s what
exercises strengthen the body by focusing on both the upper and lower
body. They include sit-ups, front squats and lifting weights.
Calisthenic exercises involve using one’s own body weight for resistance
and building body strength and flexibility. These exercises are usually
not strenuous and involve using simple, rhythmic movements and do not
require much equipment. They include push-ups, pull-ups, squats and