5 Ways to Make Fitness A Way Of Life
For years I struggled to make fitness a way of life and a part of my daily routine. I only thought about getting in shape when I ate too many fattening foods or when it became too difficult to get into my jeans. It’s so easy to make a resolution to get fit short-term, but staying fit for life should be the real goal. I have discovered that fitness can be truly fun if you know how to come up with an engaging routine.
Instead of going on crash diets which you can’t possibly maintain, or trying out useless fads and crazy health foods that promise to help you shed those pounds with no work, you can decide to formulate a no-nonsense fitness plan that truly helps you get the body of your dreams long-term.
So how do you do that?
Here are 5 easy tips and techniques to help you get fit and stay fit.
1. Begin with a cardio training program. Aerobic training helps increase your heart’s ability to pump blood and also improves your overall stamina and exercise tolerance. The best way to improve your health is by getting more exercise. Most of us aren’t as healthy as we could be simply because we sit at our desks all day, drive around wherever we go, and slouch in front to the television after we get home.
2. Start walking for ten minutes every day and increase the intensity of your program gradually by taking routes that go uphill or walking faster. Slowly increase this to about 30 minutes 3-4 times a week and include a variety of exercises that make it all fun.
3. It’s great to do your cardio training early in the morning. An early workout will leave you feeling fresh and energized for the rest of the day.
4. When you are just starting out avoid strenous exercises that affect your joints and put more stress on your knees.
5. Use the talk test to determine if you are getting the right amount of exercise. If you are breathless and can’t speak, then you are working too hard. If you can talk non-stop then you aren’t working hard enough. You know you are getting the right amount of aerobic exercise when you are able to say a few words, catch your breath and then continue to speak.
With regular exercise you can begin to make fitness a way of life. You will strengthen the efficiency of your lungs and heart and have more endurance. Your energy levels will increase and you’ll feel more vigorous and healthy.
Just curious. Do you like to listen to music when you workout? If so, what can be found playing on your mp3 player. I’d love to know. Leave your comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?