WHY SHOULD I EXERCISE?
The physically fit person performs better, participates more fully in life, and lives longer. When exercise becomes habitual, the risk of heart disease is reduced. The psychological benefits of exercise include a decrease in stress or tension and improved outlook on life.
Still, exercise is not the only component to a totally healthy lifestyle. You need to monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight, muscular strength, nutritional habits, and other lifestyle habits to ensure a total fitness program.
Begin your exercise program now. Your work capacity will increase, you will feel less tired at the end of the day, and you will find a new spring in your step. Those who do not participate in a regular exercise program can never understand comments like, "I have twice as much energy as I had before."
What Is A Good Exercise Session?
The American College of Sports Medicine makes the following recommendations for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness in healthy adults:
Determine Your Target Zone:
Target heart rate, the intensity needed to improve cardiovascular fitness, is dependent on age and not on state of fitness. During your training sessions, your heart rate should be between 60 and 85 % of your maximum heart rate, estimated as 220 minus your age.