Exercise does not soley consist of running long miles and climbing large mountains. There are many "Mini Exercises" that will help you develop your exercise routine. Remember Rome was not built in a day....Below are some "Mini Exercises" to help you on your quest.
- Walk 10 Minutes a Day Short bouts of activity can increase your fitness level, and give you a starting point for building yourself up to longer periods of activity.
- Park and Walk Whenever you have to drive your car somewhere, park your car as far away as you can handle and walk to the store. It will help you develop confidence that you can walk long distances and help you develop better fitness.
- Crunch in Bed Before you even get out of bed in the morning, do 10 stomach crunches while lying flat on your mattress. Increase the amount of stomach crunches daily by one until you get up to a number you are satisfied with. Don't be shy. Try it.
Your workout schedule should address your needs. Below are four basic fitness components to consider:
- Cardiovascular endurance - the ability to deliver oxygen to tissues over sustained periods of time. Some types of activity that measure cardiovascular endurance are: running, swimming, and biking.
- Muscular strength - the ability of a muscle to exert force for a brief time. Weight lifting is a method of measuring muscular strength.
- Muscular endurance - the ability of muscle or a group of muscles to sustain repeated contractions. Some types of activity that can measure muscular enduance are sit-ups, and push-ups.
- Flexibility - the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full range of motion.
- Warm up with 5 to 10 minutes of exercises such as walking or slow jogging.
- Cool Down--cooling down is an important part of an exercise routine. Allow your muscles to cool down by walking slow or low level exercise for 5 to 10 minutes.