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Effective Exercise Program

What are some considerations for a safe and effective exercise program.

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For maximum effectiveness and safety, EVERY EXERCISE PROGRAM includes cardiovascular exercise, which have specific instructions on the frequency, duration, and intensity. These are the three important components of cardiovascular exercise that you really need to understand and implement in your program. In addition, your cardiovascular program should include a warm-up, a cool-down, and stretching of the primary muscles used in the exercise. There are very important principles and guidelines for a safe and effective cardiovascular exercise program. There are proper methods of warming-up, stretching, and cooling-down and there are also important considerations in regards to increasing the frequency and duration of a sound cardiovascular routine. And, it is also important to monitor exercise intensity and heart zone training.

For example, according to Tackett (2005), your exercise program should include the following components:

1. Warming Up and Stretching
One very common mistake is stretching before muscles are warmed-up. It is important to stretch after your muscles are warm (after blood has circulated through them). Never stretch a cold muscle. First warm up. A warm-up should be done for at least 5-10 minutes at a low intensity. Usually, the warm-up is done by doing the same activity as the cardiovascular workout but at an intensity of 50-60% of maximum heart rate (max HR). After you've warmed-up for 5-10 minutes at a relatively low intensity, your muscles should be warm. To prevent injury and to improve your performance, you should stretch the primary muscles used in the warm up before proceeding to the cardiovascular exercise.

2. Cooling Down
The cool down is similar to the warm-up in that it should last 5-10 minutes and be done at a low intensity (50-60% of max HR). After you have completed your cardiovascular exercise and cooled-down properly, it is now important that you stretch the primary muscles being used. Warming-up, stretching, and cooling-down are very important to every exercise session.
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By discussion and examples, this solution examines some considerations for a safe and effective exercise program.