More Helpful Excercise Tips
More Exercise Tips to Support the CortiSlim Lifestyle
Is there an optimum workout that supports the CortiSlim Lifestyle? Here are a few exercise tips and weight loss tips for you to consider.
Ideally, exercise that works the heart at 55-85% of your maximum heart rate (for your age) benefits circulation and cardiac health (see Target Heart Rate below). This means doing regular aerobic workouts 3-5 times per week, for at least a half hour (including adequate warm-up and cool-down). Activities like brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming, rowing or health club type machines (treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper) will do the job.
Aerobic workouts do more than improve heart health.
Exercise is an important component of weight management to combat diabetes and obesity. It provides stress relief, better sleep, mood elevation that counteracts depression and anxiety, reduced blood pressure, and better self-esteem and body image, to name just a few.
Another important effect of exercise is an overall increase in energy. This enhances lifestyle activities, including professional, family and social pursuits. A better ability to focus on tasks means greater work efficiency and productivity with less fatigue. In turn, this frees up time for fun and leisure with loved ones.
Target Heart Rate
To benefit from exercise, determine your Target Heart Rate. An easy way to find this is to use an online calculator, such as the tool provided by the Mayo Clinic at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/target-heart-rate/
Remember to warm up (ease into exercise gradually) before becoming more vigorous, and to cool down afterward by walking normally for 5-10 minutes. During each workout, maintain your Target Heart Rate for at least 20 minutes during the most vigorous exercise. This helps release special brain chemicals called endorphins. By gradually lengthening the workout duration, eventually the “natural high” sensation kicks in as a result of the endorphins that are being generated.
Always inform your doctor before starting an exercise workout program. If necessary, seek professional advice or training to design a personal program that won’t aggravate pre-existing conditions (e.g. if you have arthritis, substitute swimming or a recumbent bike.)