Sunday, February 18, 2007


I started workout yesterday!!! Interesting isn’t it? It’s a common statement from a friend while at a coffee. Let’s take a look why people decide that it’s time for them to start working out or get involved in a physical activity. Ask yourself if you fit in any of the category and lets make 2007 an active one.
Enjoyment: This is hard to believe for a beginner. Although there is a little initial enjoyment for a fresher during the learning phase, physical activity should be increasingly enjoyable and rewarding as the level of fitness improves. Experts believe that a light physical activity with the family or friends is a great way to enjoy and get started.
Health: People today are becoming much more aware that exercise has a lot of benefits to their health; also people understand that there are several health related reasons why you have to start exercising. Eg: heart disease, hypertension and stress related diseases. For an individual with such medical conditions it’s advisable to make exercise a part of their lifestyle, or sometimes strongly recommended by there doctor or specialist to do so, following medical examination or illness.
Appearance/weight control: Studies indicates a large number of those who are joining fitness centers or attending exercise session on any means are aiming to enhance their appearance by reducing the fat levels, general muscle tone and posture.
Social/fashion status: A large number of people take up exercise as others are doing so. They simply enjoy the benefits while exercising as a group, they may enjoy working out in a club with a partner or a jog outdoors as a group as often seen at the henvieru recreation area (Lonuziyaarai Kolhu) or they may enjoy attending group exercise classes (Step Aerobic, Body Pump, Body Jam). The positive sign is a number of social exercisers starts to enjoy exercise and continues with the great lifestyle.
Rehabilitation: It may only be following illness or injury, when the need of rehabilitation demands they participate in a workout routine. And its understood that a large number of individuals continue their exercise plan after the specific goal of rehabilitation is met.
General Fitness: Some take up exercise for general fitness goals. They might want to improve their aerobic fitness like to jog a 5km in 30 minutes, some might want to look better by improving their muscle tone, and some might want to get strong or loose body fat.
General Well-being: Have you ever felt lethargic and tired when you wake up from sleep before the day has begun. It is often for this reason people start an exercise plan, to improve their general well-being.
Sports Specific Fitness: Any individual taking up a new sport or an elite athlete have different ways of training out of their sports, it’s a misconception that we believe that footballers cannot train in a gym, a footballer has to train for power, strength and speed on a periodized plane to enhance the performance, likewise all sports has there sports specific training routines.

Despite of the many excellent reasons to exercise it’s surprising to see 66% of the new comers to exercise quit by the mid year which is understood to be lack of motivation to reach your training objectives. Let’s make this year a different one.
Here is the trick to keep you motivated. As a lot of experts believe I would say train SMART, this is the best way to keep you motivated and to achieve you training goals.
How do you train smart? Its about setting smart goals on training, here is how you do it.

Set your goals in a specific area that is to either improve aerobic fitness, flexibility, strength, endurance or fat loss. Don’t just stop after saying to get fitter, be specific in your goals.
“I want to reduce fat” is not measurable, but I want to reduce 3% of body fat is measurable, or I want to fit into a size 29 jeans in measurable.
Your goal must be within possibility. Understand that every human-being is different and you might not be able to do what your friend does. Make sure your goal is within your ability.
Be realistic, the goals you aim should be within the realistic limits of your performance.
There must be a time scale for your goal, set a long term goal and within the long term goal set some short term ones. Like if your final goal is to jog around Male’ in 25 minutes within 10 months. Set some small goals in between, like to cut out 30 seconds from your timing in every 20 days. Once your long term goal is achieved set a new one.

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