Exercising to beat Obesity, COVID-19 and Type 2 Diabetes

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Exercising to beat Obesity, COVID-19 and Type 2 Diabetes

Today, it has never been more important to exercise. The twin dangers of COVID-19 and Type 2 Diabetes make improving our health and fitness essential. Luckily, more people than ever are understanding the importance of getting fit in the wake of the pandemic! 

Of course, if you are new to exercise it is important to get the right advice and that’s where Gymophobics Instructors come in.

Here are four rules to follow when exercising:

Rule #1 – Rest!

Always let your body recover following exercise! Ideally, you should let your body rest for 24 hours between sessions and take a minimum of 1 day off each week to let your body recover.

Rule #2 – Stretching

Stretching out your muscles following exercise will help them to adapt and reduces the chance of aches and strains.

Rule #3 – If you’re in pain, stop!

That old mantra of ‘No pain –No gain’ has long since been discredited.

If you feel discomfort or pain during your workout, stop what you’re doing and tell your instructor who will find an alternative exercise for you.

Rule #4 – Slow and steady wins the race

Wanting to go from zero to hero quickly, is a recipe for disaster. Gradually step up your exercise and allow your body to adapt. In fitness, there are no shortcuts.

When starting to exercise it is important to recognise that you need to perform both resistance and cardiovascular activity.

Resistance training tightens and tones the muscles to help you to lose inches from all the right places. It will also ‘switch on’ muscles fibres which means they will burn more calories 24/7, even while you sleep! Three sessions of resistance exercise each week will result in losing one to one and a half pounds of excess fat each week!

Cardiovascular exercise is equally important as it strengthens the heart, opens up the airways in the lungs and flushes out the blood vessels. The effect can be astonishing and dramatically lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke, thrombosis and Type 2 Diabetes.

That’s why Gymophobics Instructors always prescribe both resistance and cardiovascular exercise.