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Here you will find a collection of practical articles to help you make intelligent choices about the type of exercise options that would be most beneficial for your particular body type, your current lifestyle and of course your overall fitness objectives.

Physical activity is critical to maintaining long term health and vitality, as it helps keep your bodily functions operating at peak performance. It therefore provides the following benefits:

  • Increased energy and vitality for daily living with an improved sense of well being and a more positive mind set.
  • Reduced risk of health problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.
  • More youthful appearance, which increases self esteem and keeps your career window of opportunity open longer.
  • Increased muscle strength and better balance, so that life’s daily tasks (i.e. picking up your children, doing regular housework, carrying bags of groceries, shoveling the snow, planting and tending your garden, etc.) are much easier and require less time and energy.
  • Stronger bones, resulting in greater functionality with fewer falls as you age in years.
  • More limber, looser joints, giving you more mobility with less pain and stiffness.
  • Positive method of stress release that renders you both physically and mentally better prepared to deal with life’s ongoing challenges and frustrations.

Conversely, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity and its related health issues of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, to name a few. When your body is struggling to compensate for the internal damage these diseases are causing, it has less energy to spare for the demands of normal everyday living. This means you will feel more tired and drained on a regular basis, have less motivation to do the things you need or want to do, be more susceptible to illness and start to show the physical signs of aging more quickly. All these can lead to depression, which further stresses your system and increases the levels of fatigue, apathy, illness and aging in a downward spiral.

Although you may be feeling fine now, don’t wait for a health crisis to occur before you start an exercise program. It will be harder on you both mentally and physically, since you’re starting from a position of weak health. You don’t need to start big. In fact, baby steps are preferable because they will allow you to more easily incorporate an exercise program into your daily routine so that you can stick to the program long term.

The following articles will provide useful information related to various aspects of exercise and exercise programs. Please note that I am a Certifed Personal Trainer through Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN) and will use my expertise in this area to ensure everything posted is both practical and safe. However, if you currently suffer from any specific health issues and/or have been living a sedentary lifestyle for an extended period, please check with your physician prior to starting any type of exercise program.

This section will be updated regularly, so check back often for new material.


Supplementary Fitness Articles
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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Always exercise in a safe and responsible manner. Please be aware that as with most physical activities, there is always a risk of injury associated with weight training and other exercise programs. While I have made every effort to describe how to perform the exercises outlined on this site in a safe manner, note that every body is different and so not all exercises can or should be peformed by all people. Therefore, if you feel pain or discomfort when attempting any of the exercises described on this site, please stop immediately.

It is always important to consult your physician before starting any exercise program, especially if you have been sedentary for an extended period of time. This is particularly true if any of the following apply to your current medical condition:
  • chest pain or pain in the neck and/or arm
  • shortness of breath
  • a diagnosed heart condition
  • joint and/or bone problems
  • currently taking cardiac and/or blood pressure medications
  • have not previously been physically active
  • dizziness
In addition, if you have any chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes or arthritis) or risk factors (such as smoking or being more than 20 pounds overweight), and have not discussed exercising with your doctor, you should do so before beginning. Exercise is often an important part of the treatment for such conditions, but you may have some limitations or special needs that your doctor can tell you about.

If none of these apply to you, start gradually and sensibly. However, if you feel any of the physical symptoms listed above when you start your exercise program, contact your physician right away.

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