Fitness requires three things, dedication to your goals, a willingness to change your life, and a plan. Without a plan, it’s too easy to quit your new lifestyle when things get hard. The following information will help you in creating your plan of action on the road to being physically fit.
Don’t get stuck behind your desk all day. Unlike our railroad-laying, dawn-’til-dusk farming ancestors, many of us don’t have jobs that require physical labor. If this is the case for you, try incorporating little exercises into your workday. Set a timer on your computer to alert you every hour. Stand up from your desk and either do a lap around the office or a strength move. These little bursts can add up to a lot of extra burned calories over the course of a week, month, or year.
It can always be difficult to find time for exercise. If you have problems finding the time (or energy) to put in an hour a day in at the gym, try breaking it up into ten minute incraments. Even three ten-minute stints of activity a day, can boost your heart rate throughout the day. Many people also find that by adding ten-minute bursts of activity into their schedule, they have more stamina and are able to increase the amount of energy they put into each activity.
If you are going to be doing serious weight training, it is crucial to have a spotter on hand. As you are lifting, your body is going to get tired. Lifting without a spotter leaves you open to the danger of being unable to lift your weights off of your chest, or even more dangerously, having them fall down on you if your arms give out.
If you’re trying a fitness routine on for size, make sure your shoes fit the bill too! Buy your workout shoes at the end of a workday when your feet are at their largest. This way, your shoes will fit throughout your workout routine as your muscles stretch. It will also ensure that your leg muscles are properly supported.
If you are looking to get fit, make a regiment that is both reasonable and productive. For example, expect yourself to go to the gym four days a week, and burn 500 calories each time. In this way you do not over burden yourself, and at the same time, keep on track towards a long term goal.
For anyone who takes fitness seriously, consuming a healthy amount of protein will aid your fitness efforts greatly. Protein makes you feel full and more importantly, will help you build muscle and allow you work out longer without tiring out. Red meat, chicken, pork, fish, and beans are great meals that contain lots of protein.
Keep your goals short and simple as you start on a new fitness program. You can easily overwhelm yourself if, after a lifetime of being a couch potato, you decide you should be able to run 10 miles at full speed on the treadmill. At the beginnin, keep your goals simple. Start out with just a walk for a few minutes every other day. Work up to longer and more frequent walks as you progress.
You can’t expect to see results right away, remember that. You have to stay focused and dedicated to your plan and a big part of that is your mentality. You can’t expect to have abs in 2 weeks when this is your first time trying to get into shape, it takes months to get that lean body you are searching for.
You can do more than traditional abdominal exercises to build great abs. Dead-lifts and squats are shown to build ab muscles. Studies have shown that by doing these two exercises your abdominal muscles are forced to do a lot of work in order to maintain your posture while exercising.
After you workout, you should never take a pill immediately following. Researchers have discovered that taking pills like ibuprofen and acetaminophen weren’t any more effective than a placebo in decreasing muscle soreness after a workout. In fact, these pills can actually lower the rate of your muscle growth if you take them following a workout.
So, what do you want out of your fitness plan? Whether it’s weight loss, toning or just improving the state of your health – you can succeed in your goals. Take the information above and use what works for you. It’s your body, take good care of yourself!