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We are all well aware that taking fitness training on a regular basis is good for us and has many benefits. However, there is a wrong way and a right way to approach fitness exercise.

The wrong approach to exercising can lead to muscle strains, tears, ligament and hamstring injuries. These can all be very painful and put you out of action for long periods of time to recover.

Many of these types of injuries happen because people rush into their exercise without making the necessary preparation beforehand. A common reason for this is the lack of time people have these days. Due to commitments at work and at home they have very little free time available. This can result with many people who have done very little exercise in the past to jump straight into a vigorous exercise program. They then, have the expectation that their body will automatically adapt to the change.

Where people have an underlying health problem that could a back problem or even heart disease, starting a rigorous exercise program can result in serious injury or sickness. Jumping into an exercise with little to no preparation is an unwise and in some cases a dangerous thing to do. An old saying that was often used when relating to exercise is ‘no pain, no gain’. This meant that you would not be progressing unless you where putting your body through lots of pain. We know a lot more today that the pain is actually your body warning you that you are pushing things too far and you need to stop.

If you are looking to get back into shape but you have not exercised for a while then, you need to a take common sense approach to exercising. The common sense approach is all about taking things gradually and building up over time. The time part is very important because your body is not use to exercise therefore, you need to give it time to adapt and build up its strength.

Even if you have a busy schedule you will find free time to do your exercise if you are serious and committed. The easiest way to do this is to begin looking at your current daily schedule to identify current activities that can actually be used to help you keep fit. For example, if you drive to work and you normally park outside your office then, start parking further away from it. A good distance is about a mile. Use that mile as a brisk walk to your office. After 2 to 3 weeks doing these 5 days a week you will feel a difference in your fitness, stamina and mood. Gradually you can increase your intensity by cutting down the time it takes for you to walk 1 mile.

If you have a health condition seek the advice of a doctor before doing any new form of exercise.

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