Posted in Article on June 16, 2012
When starting a new exercise program many men tend to do too much too soon and end up injuring themselves. Whether this is their male streak or they just like to go full force once they have made a decision no one will ever really know. No matter what your age is you should start off exercising by taking up a low impact sport first.
Older men or anyone with a health issue needs to be careful about rushing into a fitness plan. Walking is a great activity and one that is gentle on your joints. From here you can always work up to something more strenuous.
If walking sounds boring to you then why not go out for a hike? You are still getting the same benefits but have the opportunity to tackle a more challenging trail if you wish. It would be wise to go with a partner or at least tell someone where you are going and your expected return time.
It is always a good idea to set yourself a fitness goal. This could be walking 10 miles, swimming 50 laps or lifting weights. The reason for this is that it helps to keep you motivated and on track.
With an end goal in sight you are more likely to get up each morning and make the time to fit in your exercise routine.
Men do love to lift weights and use gym equipment either at home or at their local health club. This is a great idea and is a good way to meet up with other individuals who have the same interests as you. Just remember to start out with a low weight and work your way up slowly and carefully.
If you decide to take up walking or hiking you always want to warm up before you head outside. To stop you from getting bored on your walk you could take along your MP3 to listen to. Carrying a water bottle will help you keep hydrated and you should stop every 15 minutes for a drink of water. When you return home take the time to cool down and stretch your muscles before relaxing.
Low impact exercises are those that last for at least 20 minutes with your pulse rate increasing about 75over your normal rate. By keeping these two points in mind you will derive the most from your exercise without incurring any muscle strains or other injuries.