Select fitness equipment that most suits your requirements, interests you and which you will enjoy using. Think first what type of exercise you prefer and what aspect of your condition you want to improve in particular. You’ll get the best results by using different equipment to make exercising as varied and motivating as possible.Don’t forget to STRETCH!
Remember to stretch before and after exercising. Stretching helps to keep your muscles and ligaments flexible, avoid strains and injuries and releases tension. Do the movements slowly and repeat two to five times both sides. (Our Fitness File provides a clear guide to simple but effective stretches for use before and after your workout.)
How do I keep myself motivated?
It’s easy to start exercising – but even easier to stop! All our fitness equipment has been chosen BECAUSE each product offers variety, easy-to-read monitors that chart your progress during a workout and, in many cases, personal programs and long-term updates on your performance.
Don’t overdo it. Beginners should start at low resistance levels (see the section How hard? to help you find the right training level for you). If you don’t sleep well after exercising, feel especially tired, have a headacheor your pulse doesn’t return to normal in 10 minutes, you have overtaxed your body. Continuous fatigue, an unwillingness to exercise and perhaps a lack of appetite are all signs of overexertion and you must tone down your training programme.
Remember to rest enough! If you are not used to training, have a day’s break between exercises. Only rested muscles are ready for the next workout. If you are already fit enough, you can train almost daily as long as you remember not to overdo things.
Be careful to warm up before exercising and cool down afterwards.
Drink enough during exercise and after you have finished.
Training must not hurt.
Wear suitable clothing and shoes.