Daniel Ortiz of Freestyle Fitness, based out of the Lord’s Gym in Waxahachie, strongly advises people with sedentary lifestyles to consider setting aside some time each day to work out on exercise equipment.

Urging against investing in expensive equipment that will largely end up in the storage room, Ortiz insists that anyone with an office job can get a total workout with a good, inexpensive exercise bike.

“It’s less expensive than a treadmill,” Ortiz said. “And there is less impact on the joints for a person that hasn’t worked out in a while.”

He suggested adjusting one’s position on the bike for a total body workout, including sitting and standing, or lowering the body to increase the workout on the legs. He also suggested that adjusting the handlebar position could lend to a more intense upper body workout while on the bike.

“You don’t need an exercise bike with all the bells and whistles on it to have a good workout,” he said noting that a bike is very user-friendly and can provide optimum workout.

Ortiz suggests that a person who has led a sedentary lifestyle start out with a 20-30 minute workout at a comfortable pace.

“You should still be able to breathe and still be able to talk,” he said, saying to do 20 to 30 minutes three times a week for four to six weeks and then gradually increase the workout.

“You don’t have to add to the time,” he said. “Just add intensity.”

He recommends that people embarking upon an exercise program forget about trying to attain their fitness goals overnight.

“People need to look at their workout as a progression,” he said, saying that modifications should be put in place to compensate for old injuries.

“Even if the injury was five to six years earlier, compensation should be made for it when planning the exercise,” he said. “You don’t start off at A and immediately go to Z. And you don’t start off at Y either.”

Ortiz believes music is a great motivator for an exercise program and he utilizes a variety of music styles in his classes.

“Whether rap, hip hop, country or Latin, it’s all good – it just depends on what workout we’re doing,” he said. “Just as long as it’s upbeat.”

Ortiz stresses the importance of consulting with a doctor before beginning an exercise program.

“This is especially true when one has been in a sedentary lifestyle,” he said.

For more information, e-mail Ortiz at Daniel@daofsff.com or visit the Web site at www.daofsff.com.

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