Monday, December 22, 2008


Vigorous exercise of any kinds should not be taken for anhour-and-a-half after eating, nor immediately before meals. Weakpatients and those suffering from serious diseases like cancer, hearttrouble, tuberculosis and asthma should not undertake vigorousexercise except under the supervision of a completent physician.If exercising makes you tired, stop immediately. The purpose ofexercise should be to make you feel refreshed and relaxed and nottired.The most important rule of the fitness plan is to start with verylight exercise and to increase the effort in gradual and easy stages.The sense of well-being will begin almost immediately. One can startoff with a brisk walk for 15 to 20 minutes.
A comfortable and possiblyharmful to become exhausted or seriously short of breath. Perhaps, oneshould aim at activities which need about two-third of one's maximumability. One way to assess is to count your own pulse rate.Counting the pulse rate is quite easy. Feel the pulse on your leftwrist with the middle thre fingers of your right hand. Press justfirmly enough to feel the beat easily. Now count the number of beatsin 15 seconds, with the help of a watch with a second hand, andcalculate your rate by multiplying by four. At rest your heart beats70 to 80 times a minute. This rate increases during exercise. Reallyvigorous exercise can produce rates as high as 200 beats or more perminute. A reasonable aim is to exercise at about two-thirds of yourmaximum capacity. If follows that the heart rate should be about 130per minute during and just after exercise. Always avoid over-exertionand never allow your pulse to go above 190 minus your age per minute.--

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Methods Of Exercise

Several systems of exercise have been developed over the years, the most popular among them being the Swedish system and yoga asanas, the latter having been practised from ancient times. Whichever systems one chooses to adopt, the exercises should be performed systematically, regularly and under proper guidance.

To be really useful, exercise should be taken in such a manner as to bring into action all the muscles of the body in a natural way. Walking is one such exercise. It is the most efficiant exercise for improving overall firness. It uses more muscles in a continuous, uniform action than most other forms of exercise and it remains accessible to everyone throughout life. A regular walking programme can help one lose weight, give more energy and tone flabby muscles. It can help prevent heart disease, alleviate mental depression and ease some of the pain of arthritis as well as reverse some of the physical aspects of ageing. This form of exercise is, several kilometres in a brisk manner to constitute a fair amount of exercise. Other forms of good exercise are swimming, cycling, horseriding, tennis, etc.

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