Exercise Tips From an Expert

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by Kelly Mac

People always ask me how they should start exercising, especially if they’ve had a few weeks, months or even years, “off…” Common sense tells us that we should start out slow and build up our resistance and strength by increasing weight and repetitions. Don’t expect to be able to do what you did when you were 25 now that you are 55, but with consistency you can get a lot of your flexibility and stamina back even after a long hiatus.

I’ve done some web-surfing to find the sites that will help you get started and you don’t always need to join a gym to get the results you want. You don’t need expensive equipment, either. There are lots of things you can do in the comfort of your own home, or even better, outside in the fresh air and sunshine we all enjoy so much here in our little Paradise of Orange County!

Here are some of the ones I like:

WebMD has Fitness 101: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Exercise This article will give you the basics of how to start and what to start with…there are lots of links incorporated as well so you can click over for more information on some of the points they make:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/fitness-beginners-guide

WebMD also offers a fitness slide show, which offers examples of what they consider to be the seven most effective exercises. It’s easy to follow and has good instructions along with the graphics:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/slideshow-7-most-effective-exercises

CNN Health has a great article titled Ten Exercise Myths That Won’t Go Away … so if you’ve been wondering about some of those things you’ve “heard” about working out, check this piece out to dispel some of the rumors and along with that some of your fears!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/24/exercise.myths.trainers/index.html

Lastly, but certainly not least important, there’s always the question about when and what to eat before exercising. www.eHow.com has a health page offering some excellent tips on this very topic!

http://www.ehow.com/how_2156965_eat-before-exercise.html

Bon voyage on your exercise trip!

Editor’s Note: We are fortunate in having Kelly join our family of OC Active Seniors’ contributors! Check back often to see what latest words of wisdom she has left for us to absorb!

Kelly Mac has successfully reduced her weight by 65 lbs. and has kept if off for 25 years and she has been involved with fitness for over 15 years. During this time, she has competed in and coached roller hockey as well as being very involved in cycling. Kelly is a National Exercise and Sports Training Association (NESTA) certified personal trainer and is a certified fitness nutrition coach. She also holds a certificate in first aid and CPR. Kelly has been involved with Boot Camps since 2003 and successfully started her own Boot Camp in Corona in 2006. After many requests, Kelly expanded her programs into Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, Mission Viejo and Riverside areas. Kelly’s formal education includes an AA in Criminal Justice and AA in Business Administration and her fitness experience includes running, cycling and strength training.  Visit Kelly’s website www.B2BFitnessBootCamp.com or call 1.866.611.7957 for more information about her programs.

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