How often should you exercise?
For the average person, you should be active for at least 30 minutes 5-7 days per week. If you've just started exercising, you can work up to this. Try starting by exercising 3-4 days per week, or try starting with just 10 minutes per day.
Is exercise right for me?
Exercise, in some form, is for everyone. Sometimes we can be limited by injuries or illness. At Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy, we aim to get you moving and keep you moving in the best way possible for you.
I'm sore after exercise, why?
There are a number of reasons why you could be sore after an exercise session, including re-aggravating a pre-existing injury.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or "DOMS" is a normal part of starting a new exercise regime. The soreness will generally occur from 12-48 hours after your exercise session and shouldn't last for more than 24 hours. If it persists you may have done too much exercise too soon. DOMS is a muscular ache that can be relieved with heat, self massage and gentle exercise.
If your joints, bones, skin or the site of injury or recent surgery aches after exercise, please seek the advice of your medical practitioner or allied health professional (such as Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist)
What's the best exercise?
There is such a large array of exercises and physical activities available that there is no way to identify just one as "The Best". An exercise program is highly individual, and will need to match your goals. Like an athlete training for their sport, the exercises that they practice are specific to what they want to achieve.
However, if you currently aren't doing so, walking is an excellent exercise, appropriate for all age groups. It can be social, or as an opportunity for some alone time. You can do it at almost any time of day and you don't require any expensive equipment. There are many benefits to walking regularly, from heart health to mental well being!
Won't exercising with weights make me big and bulky?
Body builders and weight lifters spend years in training lifting very heavy weight until exhaustion. It takes a lot of time, dedication and focus to attain that degree of muscle bulk. If you start weight training today, you will find that getting big and bulky is something you won't have to worry about.
Plus, there are many excellent benefits to weight training! You get stronger, you burn energy better and you are less vulnerable to injuring yourself if you fall!