Exercise programs are popular. We have different types of classes, exercise routines and equipment, catering to a wide range of people.
If you are unfamiliar with what is involved, starting an exercise program can be challenging. Talk to us to find out about the many options available.
Health benefits of exercise programs
An exercise program that is tailored specifically to your needs is a great way to stay physically and mentally fit. It also provides additional benefits such as:
improved condition of the heart and lungs
increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
increased aerobic fitness
improved muscle tone and strength
better coordination, agility and flexibility
improved balance and spatial awareness
increased energy levels
increased physical confidence
reduced risk of chronic disease (such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease)
improved brain function and health
improved general and psychological wellbeing
greater self-confidence and self-esteem
improved social life.
Assessing your fitness level for an exercise program
You probably have some idea of how fit you are. However, assessing and recording baseline (starting) fitness scores can give you benchmarks (points of comparison) against which to measure your progress.
Before you start your new exercise program, record:
your pulse rate (heart rate) before and after a walk
how long you take to walk a certain distance
how many bench push-ups or squats you can do in 30 seconds
your waist circumference (measured midway between the top of your hip bone and bottom of your ribs).
your body mass index (BMI). This is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres, squared.
Designing your fitness program
Consulting with us when designing your fitness program can help you reduce injury and customise your program to your needs, especially if you are new to exercise or you haven’t done any physical activity for a while. Points to keep in mind when designing your program include:
Consider your goals. Are you starting a fitness program to lose weight or for some other reason?
Think about your likes and dislikes. Choose activities you will enjoy.
Plan a logical progression of activity. If you’re just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly.
Build activity into your daily routine. Schedule time to exercise as you would any other appointment.
Think variety. By varying your activities (cross-training), you can avoid exercise boredom.
Allow time for recovery after exercising and make sure you have an adequate healthy diet.
Put it on paper. A written plan can encourage you to stay on track.
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