Getting That Fitness Back
Fitness is one of those things where you don't notice it is gone until one day you try to run or do some other remedial exercise, then the shocking truth of your body's deterioration hits you. It is all too easy to lose shape, but much more difficult to get it back.
Fitness is more than just regular exercise though. It is a whole combination of things. Frequency of exercise plays a massive part and is the determining factor, but diet, amount of sleep, stress, even moods affect ones fitness.
If somebody is out of shape, and wants to take measures to rectify that, then here are some things they should do.
Firstly, they should set aside two to three days a week where they can start to do some light exercise. The amount they can do will depend heavily on how out of shape they are before starting. It is always best to work up to a reasonable level rather than shooting out of the blocks.
For example, somebody who is heavily obese should only do fast-paced walking until they have lost a little weight and can run without straining their knees.
Next, they should analyse their diet. How healthily are they eating? Do they have enough energy during the day? Fueling the body is key to fitness and health, so making sure their body is operating efficiently is going to be vital to any fitness regime. It's not possible to get fit on a fast-food diet.
Reducing stress is also important. Doing exercise is actually a great way of reducing stress and the increasing heart rate will flush the body of some of the negative chemicals produced during stress.
At the same time, only somebody who is feeling relaxed can perform well during exercise, so the less stressed they are, the fitter they will become.
Finally, I would say to stick to a plan that you know is achievable. If you think you will only realistically have one free day per week for the next year, then just exercise once per week.
It is far better to exercise consistently for a year than to go all out for a few weeks then quit because the schedule you set was impossible to maintain.
With fitness, slow and steady wins the race. In truth, you never know how out of shape you are or how long it will take you to get back to fitness levels. Just keep at it and it will come.
As long as you are eating healthily and keeping as stress-free as possible, each exercise session will contribute to your body's improvement and slowly but surely you will become fit again.
Fitness really is something that is better maintained than treated as an on-off hobby. In today's world, it is increasingly easy to become a couch potato, which makes it increasingly difficult to get back in shape. However, once a commitment has been made, it just takes time and consistency to see results and feel good again.
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Warren Tattersall has been a nutritional consultant for over 20 years and has a personal interest in weight lifting toward reaching competition level.
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Here's My Secret to Avoiding Unhealthy Choices in Life
If the truth be told, I don't trust myself. That is sad, but it is true. As a result I have had to suffer through a lot of trial and error before I finally found the secret to avoiding unhealthy choices in my life. Want to know my secret?
Here it is: It is easier to avoid unhealthy foods at the supermarket than it is at home. I have tried hundreds of times to prove this false, but have failed every time. Whatever food is in my home I will eat.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a rather driven type of person. Nothing is done at 50%. Everything is full steam ahead. I am afraid my eating is the same way --- very enthusiastic!
Since I know I can't have junk food in my house without eating it, I have wondered about applying that same rule to other areas of life. After giving it some thought I concluded that this simple secret can be applied to many people that have problems with food.
For instance, alcoholics need to abstain 100% from alcohol. Somehow it doesn't seem to me that an alcoholic with alcohol in their house is a very good idea. Nor does it seem it would be easy to abstain from alcohol if you are constantly surrounded by friends who seem to be drinking all the time.
If you are diabetic and need to avoid sugar, is it really a good idea to have cakes and cookies in your kitchen? If it were me I would end up having to triple my insulin dosages. Somehow opening the refrigerator to find it filled with sugary soft drinks is just not smart for a diabetic or someone with an insulin sensitivity.
If you have Celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten, is it a good idea keep bread on your dining room table? Do you really want to be making sandwiches for others?
Should a person with heart disease work in a fast food restaurant? They know they have to avoid trans fats --- do they really want to smell the french fries and the burgers cooking all day? I sure wouldn't.
Well, there is my big secret. I am better off not bringing unhealthy foods into my home because if they are there I will eventually eat them. I have found when I stick to that rule I am rewarded with positive results.
Here's secret number two: The opposite is also true. When my kitchen is filled with only healthy foods, I will eat them. And let's take it a step farther. I know that exercise is important to good health. When I have exercise equipment in my home I am much more likely to use it!
If you want to keep the pounds off and stay healthy, then share in my little secret and keep unhealthy choices out of hour house. Instead surround yourself with healthy things.
It's just that simple and it really works.