Want to beat your best time for City-Bay? Here are some tips to help!!!

Physical exercise is an important activity for any individual because of its multiple proven benefits. However, it is not so easy for everyone to just begin physical activity or get in shape for an event like the City-Bay. This article will tell you how physical exercise can improve your life and how you can train yourself to overcome the obstacles of exercising.

You gain the most from physical exercise if you are a person who goes from no exercising to increased levels of exercise. The minimum recommended amount of exercise for adults depends on the intensity of the exercise. If your exercise routine is of moderate intensity you should aim to exercise approximately 150 minutes per week. And, if you exercise at a vigorous intensity you can get the same benefits with a total of 75 minutes of exercise per week.  Regular exercise has a plethora of benefits, some of which include:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes
  • Reduce lower back pain
  • Reduce the risk of developing cancer
  • Helps reduce stress
  • Increases energy levels and improves self-esteem
  • May prevent some types of dementia
  • For smokers it can help reduce desire to smoke and help them cope with withdrawal symptoms
  • Keeps you more mobile in older age

Now that you know the benefits of regular exercise, here are some tips and tricks to help you reach the recommended levels exercise or prepare for the City-Bay.

  1. Set a reasonable goal that you can gradually achieve. For example, if you do not do physical exercise you could set a goal of getting upto 30 minutes of exercise a day.

  2. Start with 10 minutes each day and gradually build up to the goal week by week.

  3. Remember that reaching your goal is hard for everyone, so do not get disheartened and quit. Each time you persevere, you will be a little closer to reaching your goal.

  4. One way to keep your motivation is to train with another person with similar goals in mind. This way you will be held accountable by the other person and will be more likely to keep working towards your goal.

  5. Once you reach your goal treat yourself for the accomplishment and set the next achievable goal until you can get to the fitness level you wish to achieve.

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