Tips For Beginning Fitness
So you stood on the scales and realize, you have to do something or you're not going to be able to zip your jeans up soon. You're going to begin a fitness program. These tips will help you to safely begin your fitness program.
Check With Your Doctor
Before you begin any fitness program, check with your doctor. Your doctor knows what your health level is at and will tell you what exercises you can and shouldn't do. Follow your doctors advice.
Professional athletes didn't start out that way. They started slowly and worked their way up to where they are at today. You need to start your new exercise routine slowly and work your way up as well. Learn to warm up and cool down to prevent injuries.
Grab a Friend
It's hard to commit yourself to a fitness routine. Grab a friend and you'll be more likely to continue with your routine and stick it out. Your friend can act as your accountability partner and you can act as your friends partner. Working together, you can both make it through.
Walk The Walk
When beginning your fitness routine one of the easiest ways to start is walking. Start slowly as stated above and increase your distance daily. Perhaps just around the block the first few days, then go a block and a half. Continue adding in blocks until you reach a mile or two. Once you set your goal work up to it. Walking is a good healthy exercise that most doctors recommend. You can learn to speed up your pace or slow it down accordingly.
No fitness routine is complete without a healthy diet. If you're living on french fries and other fatty foods, you're not doing your body any favors. A once in a while treat is fine but it you're dining on junk food constantly it's time to drop those foods from your diet. Remember, you're working on a fitness routine and you don't need that fat weighing you down.
Create A Routine
Use a routine to stay focussed and do your workout. Perhaps you get up, make the bed, get the kids on the bus and then take a walk. Whatever your routine, add fitness into it at the same time daily to help your body adjust to it. Stay with it for at least three weeks and it will become an automatic part of your day.
Use Your Smarts
If you have a tablet or a smart phone you can take advantage of many aps that will help you track your progress in your new fitness plan. A few of them even include a diet plan to follow and a calorie counter.
Fitness should be a part of everyone's daily life. Planning fitness into your day is easy once you get into a routine and follow it daily. Fitness doesn't have to be boring to work. Change it up, change the route for a run, go with a friend.
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The Lazy Fitness Program
Although we probably all want to keep fit, for most of us we can’t do it for one reason or another. It may be that we are just busy, we have health issues, or we are not sure what to do. Yet exercising is so easy to do, so why don’t we more of us do it? Probably because that when we think of exercise we imagine a man running at 100mph on a treadmill, dripping sweat, with muscles like the Hulk. However that is far from the truth of the reality. You will find below some very easy to do exercises.
Now you are not going to have to run out and order 100kg weights from the nearest sports store. All you need to start with is a couple of bags of sugar, or tins of rice pudding. While sitting down hold the weights as far out in front of you as you can and count to 10. Then put them straight up above your head and count to 10. Then put your arms out to the side in a cross formation, and again count to 10. Then repeat as many times as you can, but it should hurt your arms as that means it is doing some good. After a few weeks you may feel as though you can step it up with some proper handheld weights.
Amazingly, proof is starting to appear that walking is one of the best exercises anyone can do. We are not talking about strolling around the shops, but walking non-stop for 15 to 30 minutes at a reasonable pace. This will get your heart beat increasing, and a cardio will help keep things like heart disease. It is better if you can include a hill, and you may want to vary it by travelling to other places for a walk. If you have a dog then that is an incentive, if not, ask a neighbor can you take theirs.
If you have stairs at home or work, then use them. Stairs are great at giving a number of muscles in your legs and hips a great workout, and they also force you to pull in your stomach muscles. Do not run up and down stairs, as that is dangerous, but keep going until you are out of breath. If you do that every day them after a few weeks you will notice that you are doing more.
Doing any kind of exercise will certainly help your overall health, and as well as protecting your heart, it can help keep diabetes type 2 at bay, boost your immune system, and improve your memory. After a few weeks you will also fell much healthier, and you will see another side to life. Never overdo it when you are starting out, just do everything slowly so that you learn what you limits are. But once you have been at it for a few weeks things will get a lot easier.