Setting a huge goal like running a marathon or losing 100 pounds may not be the best way to get fit. These goals can feel overwhelming and cause you to give up when you don’t see instant results. Instead, set small, attainable goals that you can gradually incorporate into your lifestyle.
When doing resistance training for fitness, choose a good weight that challenges you. The right weight will allow you to perform about ten to twelve repetitions of the exercise motion before you become too fatigued to do it again. Too heavy and you risk injury, too light and you won’t gain maximum benefit from your workout.
It is important to take your activity level at work into account when designing a fitness regimen. This is especially important in the beginning. If you work on your feet all day walking may be very easy for you, but adding a few more miles on to your daily total could kill your feet. If you sit at a desk all day, on the other hand, your general fitness level will be low and something as simple as a mile or two walk could be a great way to get you started being active.
To maintain your fitness level for life, you must find forms of exercise that you enjoy. If you have to force yourself to exercise, you are very unlikely to exercise on a regular basis or to maintain your fitness level in the long term. By participating in enjoyable forms of exercise such as swimming, cycling, hiking, dancing, and playing enjoyable team sports, you can be fit and stay fit for life.
You may have a distinct goal in your personal fitness journey. However, you should avoid obsessing over this goal. Ideally, fitness is a life-long habit, not a short-term fix. Your fitness program should be one that you personally find enjoyable so that you will not be tempted to abandon it. While there is such a thing as being “too fit,” there is no point in time, where you can begin ignoring your fitness entirely.
Space out your workouts. You don’t have to exercise all at once, if it’s difficult for you. If you break up your workouts into four 15 minute chunks, at the end of the day, you’ve got an hour in. Sometimes, that works better for people who can’t sit still for an hour and exercise.
Remember that your fitness needs change as you age, especially regarding flexibility. When you reach middle age, you need to devote even more time to stretching before and after your workout. This helps keep your muscles pliable and prevents cramping after workouts as well as helping reduce the risk of injury.
Keeping your body fit is about making choices on a daily or even hourly basis. A fundamental rule of thumb to remain fit is to keep a glass of water with you wherever you go and drink plenty of it. Water flushes your digestive tract of unwanted toxins as well as keeping the body from feeling hungry.
Pay up front for the gym and your trainer! Sometimes money is the best commitment we can make that will insure we will exercise regularly. If we have already paid the fees for the gym and for our trainer we will be much more likely to take advantage of the services we’ve paid for!
As you can see, there are many better ways to gradually ease fitness into your lifestyle than making sweeping long-term goals. Follow the tips mentioned in this article for making small lifestyle changes to improve your fitness and before you know it–one small step at a time–you will be on your way to that marathon.