In this ongoing column, I’m giving to you, my ‘Real Deal’ answers to some common and not so common fitness questions so that you can “make FIT happen!”

Many of the questions were submitted to me by people such as yourself, people who are seeking understandable answers and tips to help them safely and effectively achieve their fitness goals.

So go ahead and apply the knowledge to your lifestyle and please do let me know your thoughts.

Question: It’s been a few years since I last exercised, should I consult with my physician before starting up?

The Fitness 411: With all of the new, trendy and intensified workout routines and diets, more so than ever before, I strongly suggest that you consult with your physician before you start as factors unknown to you may have significantly adverse affects on your physical and mental well-being. Inform your physician that you want to begin a fitness program, give the physician specific details about the fitness program that you want to engage in so that the physician can then make an honest assessment as to what your capabilities and limitations might be.

Question: What are some of the benefits I can expect from fitness?

The Fitness 411: By incorporating a routine of appropriate exercise and appropriate eating into your lifestyle, you can receive numerous health and fitness benefits, such as but not limited to:

  1. Increased life expectancy … resulting in a reduction in blood pressure, increased heart function, reduction in total cholesterol, reduction in body fat storage.
  2. Better quality of life … resulting in increased energy, muscular & strength development, greater self-esteem, decreased anxiety & depression.

Question: What is the minimum amount of exercise that I should get on a weekly basis?

The Fitness 411: You should try to exercise at least 3 times a week in conjunction with eating appropriately to attain the following benefits:
A) Maintain General Health: 35 – 45 minutes at a conservative level.
B) Moderately Improve: 45 – 60 minutes at a challenging level.
C) Dramatically Improve: 60 – 90 minutes at an intense level.

I also suggest that you engage in a complete fitness program that includes well-balanced eating and a combination of cardio exercises, strength training exercises (weight lifting) and flexibility exercises.

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Fitness Disclaimer: The fitness content provided by Trainer Z and presented by ‘the TZ element’ is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and is not to be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific course of action. Fitness is not without risks … injuries and even death can occur. It is strongly suggested that you consult a physician before performing any fitness exercises, or adhering to any fitness program or eating suggestions.