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Exercise 101

Exercise benefits, guidelines and principles for weight loss and health

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Updated June 21, 2014

Exercise 101
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We all know what exercise is - Any type of physical exertion we perform in an effort to improve our health, shape our bodies and boost performance. Obviously that covers a broad range of activities and, luckily, there are plenty to go around whether you want to lose weight, get healthy or train for a sport.

The Benefits of Exercise

I could (and will) go on and on about all the things exercise can do for you, both physically and mentally. The great thing about it is that you don't need much to get the benefits. Even just a few minutes a day can improve your health, well-being and help you:

Motivating Yourself to Exercise

While it's important to know basic exercise guidelines and principles covered on the next few pages, I think the most important step in starting an exercise routine is exploring the idea of motivation. Without that, all the advice in the world won't do you any good.

It's important to remember that motivation doesn't just happen. It's something you make happen each and every day. If you have multiple reasons to exercise, you'll always have something to get you moving, even when motivation is short. The hardest part of exercise is getting started...if you can get that far, you've won half the battle. Some ideas:

  • Remind yourself of your weight loss goals
  • Think of a future event to get ready for (a wedding, a vacation, etc.)
  • Consider how much energy you'll have to get more things done
  • Imagine how relaxed you'll feel after a workout
  • Think of your exercise time as the only time you may get to yourself all day
  • Remind yourself how good you'll feel by following through
  • Promise yourself a reward for completing your workout
  • Think of all the diseases and illnesses your workout could protect you from
  • Remind yourself that this workout is necessary to reach your goal

Motivation Resources

Part 2: Cardio, Strength Training and Flexibility Guidelines
Part 3: Basic Principles of Exercise

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