Exercise, but how? part 3

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Exercise, but how? Part 3

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We have made it to part 3 of this 4 part series on exercise and keeping on track towards your goals. Initially I discussed the importance of having a baseline in order to see yourself improve in your health and towards your goals. I then got into the importance of knowing your limits or restrictions. This part is often overlooked, but when you see every machine in the gym having the warning to consult with your health care provider before, you can really see the importance. In part 3, I want to discuss what it means to set goals.

 

Now that you know where you are beginning, and you know what you should or should not do, is it time to focus on what you are trying to achieve. This part is important and is highly individualized. By this I mean everyone is going to have slightly different goals. This takes us back to the why are you exercising? Are you exercising to lose weight, for better cardiovascular system, as a social event, to strengthen your bones, to reduce the effects of fibromyalgia. You need to know why you are exercising or what your goals are so you can gear the routine towards that. Unfortunately a lot of exercise programs are created as that one size fits all program but this is just not true.

 

Think of our first example being a 40 year old man who was just told he is diabetic. He needs to improve his blood sugar regulation. A lot of his exercise routine is going to focus on cardiovascular health and insulin regulation with bouts of cardio and high repetition resistance training. This person’s routine is going to be different then the 70 year old female with osteoporosis. This woman is actually going to have a similar approach to a body builder, trying to increase bone and muscle mass. She will be doing mid-repetition exercises. She will do 8-12 repetitions and 3 sets while the diabetic gentleman will focus on 15-20 repetitions with short rests.

 

These are two people I see everyday that will have 2 very different goals and I can say it is highly likely both individuals were told they need to exercise. But knowing their goal and having that in mind when exercising is the key to success.

 

Next time we are going to finish of with part 4 of 4 and discuss a plan to achieve our health and wellness goals.