>> Jan 17, 2013
Staying fit can be hard when you have a busy work and social life but it is important to exercise on a regular basis if you want to remain healthy and live to a ripe old age. Increasing problems with childhood obesity mean that it is a good idea to encourage your children to exercise too. Many people find that they do not have the time to visit a local fitness centre as a family so one of the best ways to ensure that you and your kids stay in great shape is to invest in some decent exercise equipment and turn your spare bedroom into a home gym.
If you are completely new to exercising or have not exerted yourself very much in the last few years, it is important to start slowly and build up to a full workout over time. If you try to complete a comprehensive upper and lower body workout followed by an aerobic session several times a week after not having exercised for some considerable time, you will most likely run into problems. The best case scenario is that you will quickly give up due to finding it too hard to keep up with your new programme. The worst case scenario is that you will seriously injure yourself by attempting to do too much too soon.
Whether you hire a personal trainer, visit your local gym to try out some of their exercise equipment and discuss your needs with a knowledgeable employee or search the web for informative articles written by experienced fitness coaches, it is advisable to heed the advice of professionals when embarking on a new exercise regime. Once you have been in training for several weeks, you will begin to be able to judge how far you can push yourself more accurately during each workout but until that time, always stay within safe limits.
Your home fitness centre
If you do not have a bedroom that is large enough in which to work out, you could turn your garage into a gym or perhaps build a shed in your garden. For people that live in apartments, it may be more difficult to finds enough space but if you invest in a set of dumbbells, a small bench and a stationary cycle, you should still be able to keep fit without having to leave your home. Whilst you will not be able to utilise as much exercise equipment as a family that can devote a whole room to their fitness activities, you will still be able to make good progress and improve your aerobic fitness and muscle tone. Dumbbells with heavy weights will allow you to build mass too, so it is possible to devise a comprehensive programme to suit almost any type of property.
For families that have plenty of space, there is a wide selection of aerobic and resistance training machines that can be bought online and that will help you to create varied workout routines over time and avoid the problems of boredom and fitness plateaus that can result from an unvarying exercise regime.
To help motivate yourself to work out on a regular basis and to give your children an incentive to do the same, it is a good idea to set realistic goals and reward yourselves as and when you reach them. For example, if you are currently overweight, you could aim to lose 10 pounds in the first couple of months and then set a new target once you have succeeded. The most suitable goals to choose will depend on individual members of the family and what they hope to achieve.
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