For many people, getting fit seems like an impossible task. It takes time and stamina and doesn’t appear to be all that fun. However, with the right workout plan, tailored to what you can do and what you find enjoyable, getting fit and staying fit can be a lifelong hobby. Following are some tips to get into the swing of things.
Whatever fitness routine you choose, be sure to include cardio-vascular exercise. Staying heart and lung healthy is extremely important, and a cardio workout will do just that for your body. Try to do 30 minutes of cardio or aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week. This can take the form of running, biking, using a treadmill or elliptical trainer, or swimming. Remember not to overdo it. If you find yourself short of breath, you should take a break until your heart rate slows down.
If jogging or hitting the gym is not your thing and you love gardening, how about getting the shovel and wheelbarrow out and getting in a little exercise in your yard? In fact, the National Institute of Health, lists gardening among the moderate exercises that are recommeneded for combating obesity. Just weeding for 30 minutes can burn over 150 calories and you’ll work muscles in your back, legs and arms, without the jarring that jogging and aerobic exercises puts your body through. So the next time you dread putting on your jogging shoes, pick up a hoe and take care of that flower bed you’ve been meaning to get to, for the last month. It’s fun and great for your body.
A really good way to get fit is to start using free weights at the gym. A lot of people are intimidated by free weights and tend to stick to machines. Free weights are better than machines because they utilize more muscle fibers. Just make sure that you know how to properly perform lifts.
When you exercise, remember to exhale after each repetition. This allows for your body to use more of its energy and also allows for a greater intake of air after you exhale, which will give you more energy in the long run.
Bench presses are a simple weighted exercise that you can do to work out your chest muscles. All gyms have bar weights for doing bench presses, but if you have one at home, you can do it there, or use dumb bells to replace a bar. Simply lay on your back on a weight platform and lift your arms into the air while holding the weight. Then lower your arms.
Periodically check for a full range of motion in your shoulders. Encourage flexibility by doing small shoulder circles and other exercises that focus on the shoulder joints and shoulder muscles. Working on your shoulders will help you perform daily activities, such as reaching and lifting heavy items, easily and comfortably.
When playing baseball and trying to hit a home run, hit the ball with a slight angle and an upper cut towards the center. This will make the ball have more hang time in the air, and the more probable chance of you scoring a home run than a line drive.
Do not exercise on an empty stomach. Be sure to fill your gas tank before you start your workout. It is best to eat a healthy carbohydrate, 30 to 60 minutes before exercising. Some great ideas for pre-workout snacks are yogurt and fruit, a small bowl of oatmeal or a banana.
A great tip to boost your metabolism and increase the speed at which you burn calories is simple: take a walk after meals. This technique kick-starts your metabolism and begins burning fat, protein and other nutrients. By walking after meals, you ensure that your metabolism is working at a high rate throughout the day–you also make it more difficult for your body to store calories as fat.
Therefore, getting and staying fit does not have to be the unreachable pinnacle in your life. It’s just a matter of building up stamina by doing something you enjoy, an activity that will get your heart rate up and that you can do at least a few times a week. A routine like that may not make you into an Olympic star, but it can give you a healthy body, keep your weight down, and make you feel good about yourself.