Most people who exercise have specific goals in mind (i.e. to lose weight, increase flexibility, tone muscles etc.). Before you begin an exercise program, you must think about what results you want to achieve, then you can gear your exercise program toward attaining your desired results.
This is a general guide toward helping you determine what intensity level you should exercise at, how often you should exercise and what types of exercises you should do. Please consult your physician before beginning any new type of exercise program.
Weight Loss - The key to losing weight is to burn more calories than you take in. This program will emphasize aerobic exercise in conjunction with strength training and stretching exercises. This program does NOT prescribe a certain number of calories or a certain number of fat grams. It is NOT a nutrition program, but rather it is an exercise guideline.
Improving Muscle Tone - This program focuses on developing muscular strength and definition. While the program emphasizes weight training, aerobic exercise and stretching are also included.
Increasing Flexibility - The goal is to improve range of motion, minimize muscle soreness and reduce the likelihood of injury.
Overall Fitness - Combines all three goals listed above to achieve a healthier heart, stronger bones, lower cholesterol levels, greater muscular strength/endurance, and better flexibility.
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