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Lifestyle; Keeping a Healthy Body With Exercise

Warming Up

The best way to warm up for aerobic exercise is to start your routing by doing the same exercise you are going to use for the workout, but at an easy pace for a few minutes. Launch into a regular intensity workout as soon as you are warmed up. For example; if you are going out for a run, start with easy jogging or walking. You may need a longer warm-up in the morning or in cold weather. Quality Of Life Omnimedia's Wellness for Mind, Body & Soul Magazine

Cooling Down

Your cool down is a very important element in your workout. It redistributes the blood that may have pooled in the extremities at the conclusion of your workout. It prevents muscle stiffness as it allows the metabolic wastes to be worked out of your muscles. Therefore, it is wise to take eight minutes to cool down gradually.

Breast Cancer Prevention

Physically active women have a lower incidence of breast cancer.

Cardiovascular Exercise - Aerobic Exercise

Cardio refers to exercise that strengthens the cardiovascular system. The term aerobic means in the presence of oxygen. Aerobic exercise refers to exercise that lasts long enough to require oxygen. The same type of exercise satisfies both of these qualifications. Aerobic and cardio exercise uses large muscles, usually the legs, in a rhythmic fashion. Fine examples of these include; running, walking, bicycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, rowing, skating and machines such as stair steppers and elliptical trainers.

Cholesterol and Aerobic Exercise

Another study about lowering cholesterol, in Clinical Exercise Physiology, states that moderate aerobic exercise was shown to improve cholesterol profiles and overall health and fitness.

Chronic Fatigue and Exercise

If you suffer from frequent feelings of tiredness, ask your doctor about a good exercise program that might help you.

Core Fitness

Core exercises refer to exercises that target the abdominal and lower back areas. Pilates exercise, crunches and back extensions refer to core exercise.

Jumping Rope is Great aerobic Exercise

For most people, jumping rope is vigorous. Do it in short intervals. Warm up before beginning by doing some brisk walking and then jump for one minute. Rest for one minute then jump for two minutes. Rest for another minute and then jump for three minutes. Continue your routine by shortening your rest time. Make sure that you select a jumping surface that is soft. Work at a pace where you are breathing a little hard, but you can still talk.

Mental Health and Aerobic Exercise

Feeling sad or unhappy? Now is the time for a fitness program. Evidence shows that aerobic exercise has been beneficial in treating depression.

PMS and Exercise

Exercise may help reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Women with severe PMS may have lower levels of beta endorphins. Exercise is known to raise beta endorphin levels. Another helpful side effect of exercise is its well documented ability to reduce stress.

Protect Your Eyes

Wear eye goggles and eye protection that is designed for the sport. Wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection.

Swimming Burns Calories

Swimming gives you a great cardiovascular workout and it helps you burn calories. Water aerobic exercises have the added benefit of making your body temperature feel cool.

Weight Training and Your Heart

A good weight training health and fitness regimen may help your heart. Those who keep their muscles stronger, ease the strain exerted on their heart, when doing strenuous activities such as lifting, pushing or shovelling.

Working Out Without Equipment

It is possible to stay healthy and work out without equipment. Start with freehand squats. Put your arms in front of you and lower your body into a squat. Then stand up again. Repeat until you feel some fatigue.

Push-ups are the ideal method, to exercising your upper body. Sit-ups are great for abdominal toning. Crunches, yoga and dance are also awesome and can be done without equipment.

For the full story, read the winter edition of Quality Of Life Omnimedia's Wellness for Mind, Body & Soul Magazine.