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Essential Components of Exercising

Clara John explains the essential components to exercising healthy - Posture, Breathing & Stretching.

Regular exercising is an option to live an ailment free, fit and active life. We are advised to exercise from those who never exercise themselves and our acquaintances, who are good at maintaining their fitness. Very few can advise on the perfect way to exercise in both ways. Merely running, weight lifting, aerobics, or yoga cannot do any good for our health if we do not know how to get the maximum benefits from our workouts.

People are aware of the benefits of exercises, but the misconceptions and little knowledge about doing it correctly are the obstacles that stop them from pursuing it actively. Practicing a few essentials is necessary to make the most of our efforts. To receive the maximum benefits from your workout regimen, you need to focus on your breathing style, posture, and stretches. These three strategies enhance your resistance and also allow you to burn more calories to maintain your desired weight.

Maintaining the Correct Posture

Correct posture is an ultimate prerequisite for a healthy existence in many ways. Posture affects joints, muscles, and skeleton structures throughout the body, especially the backbone. One should know the importance of a correct posture to avoid various back and neck discomforts and pains. The proper posture also helps in reducing fatigue during the workouts and even in daily routines. Here are signs of a perfect posture that are necessary to maintain during all the workouts:

  • Upright head positioned to keep the ears over the shoulders
  • Shoulders should be rolled back at the joints
  • The upper back should not be arched or humped - stay tall
  • An arc in the lower back is also vital by keeping the belly button in and hips neutral
  • Knees should be relaxed and slightly bent

Breathing Properly

Breathing is what we perform throughout life without giving it a thought, but surprisingly most of us do not know how to breathe correctly. We inhale for oxygen and exhale to remove carbon dioxide. A proper breathing pattern is an important factor to get the most of your exercise regimen. It is important to inhale deeply filling the lungs.

Regular exercising is an option to live an ailment free, fit and active life. We are advised to exercise from those who never exercise themselves and our acquaintances, who are good at maintaining their fitness. Very few can advise on the perfect way to exercise in both ways. Merely running, weight lifting, aerobics, or yoga cannot do any good for our health if we do not know how to get the maximum benefits from our workouts.Regular exercising is an option to live an ailment free, fit and active life. We are advised to exercise from those who never exercise themselves and our acquaintances, who are good at maintaining their fitness. Very few can advise on the perfect way to exercise in both ways. Merely running, weight lifting, aerobics, or yoga cannot do any good for our health if we do not know how to get the maximum benefits from our workouts.

Stretching Well

Stretching well is essential to prevent muscle soreness and injury risks during the exercises. Stretching increases your range of motion which helps you in every movement of your workout regimen. Stretching can improve overall fitness by enhancing your flexibility and reducing injury risk. Flexibility is necessary to increase your range of motion and enhance physical performance.

Before and after any workout, stretching is recommended to increase blood flow. It alleviates muscular stiffness and keeps you tension free throughout the day. As part of a cool-down activity, stretching helps muscle recovery after the exercise regimen. It is recommended to contact your health adviser before embarking on any stretching routine or new exercise routine.


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About the Author

Clara John likes to be aware of fitness practice to live an active life. Clara has been zealous about learning & sharing ways to improve fitness using specific exercise equipment to maintain optimal health.