Magazine article New Zealand Management

Executive Health: Starting from Scratch

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Executive Health: Starting from Scratch

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Byline: Peter Tynan

We all know that physical exercise needs to be a lifelong habit. However, for one reason or another, life might get in the way -- an accident or medical condition, family or work commitments, or simply a gradual slip into a sedentary lifestyle.

For those who have not exercised for a significant amount of time, or are returning to exercise after serious illness or an injury, a planned and considered approach is needed. The resulting discomfort and soreness from working too hard too soon is unlikely to leave anyone itching to come back for more and could even pose a health risk.

For people who have been sedentary or ill, it's important to seek advice from a GP or specialist before starting any programme or new exercise regime. They will be able to check on any health issues that may pose a risk factor, and recommend a safe plan of action. The following hints are useful for workplaces and for individuals who are ready to get moving -- slowly of course.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

For many people, the purchase of exercise equipment or a gym membership is a way of showing commitment to their exercise goal. But as a quick visit to Trade Me will prove, it can take trial and error to find out what regime or exercise suits best.

It's really important to consider whether your chosen activity is convenient, fits your lifestyle and budget, and rather crucially, is one you want to get out of bed and do.

Borrowing or hiring equipment and free trials are all options to avoid this potentially expensive process of discovery. In the workplace, "taster" sessions are a good way to gauge general enthusiasm for an activity and its practicality.

NO SWEAT

"No pain no gain" seems to be a particularly sticky and unhelpful exercise myth. Pain, nausea, dizziness and other symptoms are signals it's time to stop and seek medical advice. …

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