Many people are looking to get fit. But not everyone knows you need to do more than go to the gym once in a while and cut back on the fast food. Fitness isn't something that's hard to do, but it's something you need to put a lot of effort into. I'll give you a few tips to help you get in shape.
Drink water and only water! Make sure you're drinking eight eight ounce glasses of water every day. If you want to get the most out of this, only drink water. Don't drink fruit juices, soda, or coffee. Whenever you're thirsty, drink some ice cold water. This is the easiest way for you to shed weight.
Get at least thirty minutes of cardio every single day. If you're just starting to exercise, you can go for walks or swim for your cardio. As you get more used to it, start increasing the intensity of your cardio workout. Start jogging or biking instead of walking. Then step it up again and start running for half an hour. Once this starts getting easy for you, you can exercise for longer or just keep pushing yourself to go faster.
You also should be going strength training every other day. Cardio is a great way to get yourself in decent shape. It'll also give your body a temporary calorie burning boost. But that boost wears off as the day goes on. Muscle burns more calories at a rest than fat does. So by doing strength training, you replace that fat with muscle. Your body then has to work harder to maintain that muscle.
I said work out every other day for a reason. Your body can handle cardio every day for the most part since it doesn't put a lot of stress on it. But it can't handle serious muscle building every day. As you lift weights, you're doing a small amount of damage to the muscles involved, that's why you're sore afterwards. The way you build muscle is by doing that little bit of damage and allowing your body to repair it. As the body repairs the muscles it strengthens it so they don't get damaged again.
So while lifting twenty pounds would've damaged it in the beginning, after a few workouts twenty pounds won't do anything. That's why you have to increase the weight. But if your body doesn't get rest between each workout, it won't have the time to repair all of the damage. So if you keep working out day after day, those muscles are eventually going to sustain serious damage. Then you'll be worse off than you were when you started.
Fitness isn't necessarily hard, but it does require a lot of effort. It's also something you have to maintain. Once you've achieved your goals, if you don't keep working out, your body will go right back to where it was when you started. It's easier to maintain your workout than to have to start at the beginning again!
Fitness Tips For Your Daily Life
Obesity is a terrible plague upon humanity, and it is showing up more and more in our children as time goes on. Too many people have given into laziness and unhealthy eating habits coupled with complete and utter lack of exercise these days. But there is always hope! Get up off of your couch and use these basic fitness tips in your everyday life to help combat the unfortunate problem that is obesity.
Move more: It sounds simple, and it really is. Simply by getting up off your couch and moving around your home can help stimulate your body and burn calories. It doesn't even have to be that you go run around the block ten times. Walking up and down the stairs a few times, cleaning some of your house, or even just grabbing a broom and sweeping off your porch are all very basic ways to get moving more in your every day routine.
If you have a desk job at work, stand up and walk around your cubicle or desk every half an hour. Consider standing instead of sitting anytime your job allows, such as reading through files while standing up and moving around. The less you sit the better your body will fare in the long run.
Keep it fun: Just because fitness and exercise sound like terrible working words designed to suck out your soul and burn calories through pain, doesn't mean it can't be fun. Take your wife for some salsa or ballroom dancing lessons, which will not only help both of you feel better and get into shape, but can help keep your marriage in top shape as well. Combine your favorite music with cleaning the house so you can move around and dance off those pounds in your daily routine.
Not all fitness routines have to be purely productive either. By setting up a treadmill or exercise bike in front of your television, you can workout while watching your favorite shows or movies. After enough days of doing this, you won't even notice that you're working out while watching television. It will simply become habit, a very healthy one at that.
Stay motivated: This is perhaps the most important tip of all. Motivation is a big part of any fitness routine, since it is so easy to stop exercising mere days into your new routine. Do so by rewarding yourself for keeping up with the goals you've set. If you manage to stay moving on your treadmill while watching your television shows for a solid week, reward yourself by going out with your family for a healthy dinner or a movie.
Another way to stay motivated is to work out with someone else. By working out together, you can help keep it fun through conversation or competition.
Above all else, understand that a healthy fitness routine is very important to a long and healthy life. Do not become another overweight couch potato with no motivation to do anything about it. Workout today!