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When we talk about exercise, we nearly always refer to physical exercise. Exercise is the physical exertion of the body - making the body do a physical activity which results in a level of physical fitness and mental health.

In other words, exercise aims to maintain or enhance our physical fitness and general health. In this article, we will talk about the different sorts of exercise that are available, how they benefit the body, and how to design a fitness regime.

People exercise for many different reasons; these include:

  • Strengthening muscles.
  • Optimizing the cardiovascular system.
  • Practicing specific athletic skills.
  • Controlling body weight.
  • For fun.
  • To win.
  • To socialize.
  • As a form of escapism.

Finding time to exercise

Many people who do not exercise say they do not have the time. However, it is possible to increase the amount of time you are physically active, even if you are extremely busy. See how many trips you take by car and decide which ones could be replaced by walking or cycling. This does not have to be a black or white measure. It could include parking your car half a mile from your destination and walking the rest of the way.

If you are using public transport, try getting off at an earlier stop and walking the rest of the way. When you are in a building and want to go upstairs, try walking it, rather than taking the elevator or escalators.

If you do not have time to exercise but have time to watch TV, think about how much of that TV time could be replaced by some physical activity. Even short 30-second bursts of exercise may improve metabolism. There are several gentle exercises you can do while watching TV.

Experts say that for a physically inactive person to become active and remain active for the long-term, the activity needs to be convenient and enjoyable. The activity needs to be something you can easily fit into your routine for several days each week. Even adding just 30 minutes of physical activity to your day, will be beneficial.

Some of the examples below are the easiest to fit into a daily routine:

  • Go for a brisk 30-minute walk five times each week. Ideally, it should be done in one session. If you can't, two 15-minute sessions would also be good..
  • Find out whether there are any swimming pools nearby. Try to add some swimming to your weekly routine. This does not have to be every day.
  • During your lunch break at work, go for a walk.
  • Join some exercise classes.
  • If you do housework, do it a bit more vigorously and turn it into an exercise session. Beginners must remember that the secret is "little and often." A little bit every day is great - one big session once a week is not. Make sure your progress is gradual. Make sure you drink plenty of water during and after you exercise. Check with your doctor if you are not sure about your health.

Experts say an exercise program should include both aerobic and anaerobic activities. This is true. However, if you are currently inactive, anything is better than nothing.