Dr. Mercola’s Guide to Exercises


Exercises by Equipment

Exercises Are Good for You, but Are You Doing Them Properly?

I believe that exercising regularly is one of the cornerstones of optimal health. But for some, this may be easier said than done. Many people feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin because of the many conflicting sources for fitness advice, while others are hesitant to attempt certain exercises for fear that they’re too complicated.

Sticking to a regular workout routine may require some effort on your part, but this shouldn’t be a reason for you to pass up the opportunity to better your physical well-being. There are multiple reasons why you should strive to get enough exercise, and once you learn what they are, I’m sure you’ll be more motivated to get up and move about.

The Many Benefits of a Well-Rounded Fitness Plan

Many people think that exercises are simply a means for weight loss and a better figure. But being physically active can positively impact several other aspects of your health, by helping:

  • Reduce your risk for and alleviate symptoms of chronic disease
  • Stabilize your insulin, leptin and glucose levels
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Promote better cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Boost your mood and brain performance
  • Enhance sleep quality

There are no set rules regarding the amount of exercise you should be doing, although you must take some factors into account, such as your age, fitness level, and any physical issues, such as past or present injuries or pains. Take note of your initial fitness levels and your limits, and listen to your body throughout your workout.

Watch Out — You May Be Committing These Exercise Mistakes Unknowingly

Being motivated to exercise is not enough — you should also be attentive of your fitness habits so you can avoid the common pitfalls that may hamper your fitness progress. Examples of common exercise mistakes include:

  • Skipping warm ups
  • Failing to “feed” your muscles after a strenuous workout
  • Only concentrating on a single body part
  • Working in a limited range of motion

Incorrect posture and form is another grave but common workout mistake. It’s not enough that you know what particular exercises you need to include in your workout — you must perform them properly and pay attention to your form as well. This raises the effectiveness of your exercises, allowing you to see results faster and reduce your risk of injury.

To address this common error, you must know the dos and don’ts of specific exercise types, and I have a great resource that will help you answer some of your most pressing workout-related questions.

Start Achieving Your Fitness Goals by Browsing These Exercise Pages

Dr. Mercola’s Guide to Exercises tackles some of the most basic exercises you should incorporate into your fitness routine. Through these pages, you will learn:

  • How each exercise targets specific areas of your body
  • The different variations you can try
  • The right posture when performing each movement, as well as other safety tips

You’ll also learn how to correctly use different types of equipment, whether at home or at the gym, as a beneficial addition to your workouts. In no time, you’ll be able to master these moves, so you can boost your fitness levels. Get started on your journey toward better health and share this valuable resource with people who are also looking to improve their fitness goals!

About Dr. Mercola:

Dr. Joseph Mercola is an osteopathic physician who first opened his practice outside Chicago, Illinois, in 1985 and has treated over 20,000 patients. In 1997, he established Mercola.com, now one of the top Natural Health sites in the world, where he continues to provide useful health and medical resources.

Dr. Mercola has written three New York Times Best Sellers: “The Great Bird Flu Hoax,” “The No-Grain Diet” and “Effortless Healing.” He also has been featured in numerous publications and TV programs, such as Time magazine, LA Times, CNN, ABC News, Fox News and The Dr. Oz Show.