Fitness can elude many people with good intentions. There is a lot of information out there about what fitness is and how to use it to your advantage, when trying to get in shape and lose weight. The following information will start to put some of that into perspective.
Following a regular fitness routine is a great way to help reduce stress. By channelling any negative energy into exercise, the body releases endorphins into your bloodstream, relieving stress, loosening tense muscles and improving your overall mood. Choose a moderate intensity fitness routine that you enjoy and exercise 3 to 5 times a week, for about 30 minutes per session.
Walking is a great exercise. Walking is easy to do almost anywhere and most anyone can do it. Walking will help raise your metabolism. It also helps to lower blood pressure and pulse rate. Walking is also great to strengthen your muscles and help you to lose excess body fat.
Accept the fact that you can’t run that marathon without training for it. Depending on your current fitness level will determine how long it will take for you to reach the goal. If you aren’t a runner now, don’t expect to start out by running a couple of miles right away. Build up to it. Start by walking, then walking and running, until you are at the point where you can run the entire time.
Rather than seeing exercise as something you “must” do, try to see it as something you want to do! Love dancing? Then hit the nightclubs! Enjoy a good hike? Then grab your running shoes! Cleaning the house, taking a walk with an old friend, romping around in the backyard with your dog – if it’s something you enjoy doing, you’re much more likely to stick with it.
All the major clubs offer fitness classes for those who wish to exercise in a group setting. Definitely choose this option if seeing others working out for a goal inspires you. You can find stretching, aerobics, kickboxing and swimming, among the classes offered. You can also incorporate the knowledge that you obtain during classes, into your own home exercise program.
Avoid training with weight belts despite all the hype about how they get you results faster. They can actually weaken your abdominal and lower back muscles over time. If you must wear one for your routine, only do so for maximum lifting exercises such as squats and overhead presses.
Walking: We do it every day, but there’s a good chance that we could be doing it a lot more. Even minor adjustments in your daily number of steps can contribute to weight loss. Try parking at the end of the lot, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or simply taking a leisurely stroll around the block.
With most popular chain restaurants offering massive servings of almost all menu items, it is important to be careful about how much food you consume in a single sitting. Though it can certainly be tempting to clean your plate when dining out, it is much wiser to divide your entree at least in half before you begin to eat, and immediately pack the remainder to take home for the following day’s lunch.
If you want to speed up your swimming, build up the flexibility in your ankles. When you are in the water, your feet perform like flippers. So the more flexibility in your ankles, the quicker you can move through the water. A great way to build flexibility in your ankles is to lay on the floor, point your toes straight out, then flex them back towards you.
Now that you have seen what you can do in your own life to increase your fitness level, get in shape and finally lose some of that weight, it will be easier to put it into practice. Lack of knowledge can be our biggest deterrent, when it comes do doing something we know is good for us.