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When making up or designing your own health exercise program the first thing that you need to decide is what your objective is. Once you know what your own specific objective is you can then decide on what movements you want to do.

If your objective is to get healthy and get fit you need to decide what your definition of fitness is. The reason is that everyone seems to have their own definition of what fitness actually is. If you think that cardiovascular fitness is your definition of what fitness is then you will know that doing exercise to increase your VO2 max or cardiovascular fitness is what you should do.

What this means is choosing one cardiovascular exercise that can range from rowing to swimming or cycling. One can also choose a combination of different aerobic exercises and create a circuit where you go from one movement/exercise to the other.

However if your objective is not only general health but also to increase your core strength that you have then you should perform certain exercises that are specifically designed to achieve that. These exercises do not have to be done with any fancy equipment and could be easily done at home using your own bodyweight.

Whatever your specific objective is to create your own definition of health and fitness is the bottom line with any and all training has to do with intensity. There is only one exception to this and that is developing your overall cardiovascular fitness.

Sports scientists have proven that exercising with high intensity is only going to be beneficial for 45 minutes or less. Studies show that when one trains at a high intensity level for more than 45 minutes the body goes into a catabolic state and starts breaking down.

However when training to increase your cardiovascular fitness for jogging or cycling then one is not training with a high intensity and you are then training at a rate that where you can train and be able to talk at the same time.

What this means is that you should be training from 50% to 75% of your maximum heart-rate as you will be improving your overall general fitness and cardiovascular capacity. Sports science measures this by working out your VO2 Max which is the maximum amount of oxygen that your lungs can process at any given time.

If your objective is general health and strength then it is strongly advised that you do compound exercises that use more than one joint of your body to perform the exercise. Movements like deadlift, squats, clean and jerk, the snatch as well as more isolated exercises like pull-ups and bench-press.

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