Incorporating fitness into your lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health. Physical does so much more then make you look good. It reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight — even improve your sleep habits and self-esteem.
Step 1 : Assessing Your Fitness Level
The first most important step is to assess your fitness level. You need to know where you stand physically so you can design the proper program for yourself. By designing a program to difficult can set you up for failure. To assess your physical activity there are a few things you must do :
– Record your pule after walking 1 mile.
– Time how long is took you to walk the mile
– How many consecutive pushups you can do
– Try reaching your feet in the seated position
– Calculate your BMI, anything over 25 puts you at a high risk for disease.
Step 2 : Creating An Appropriate Fitness Program For YOU
Saying you will exercise daily is easy, but doing it is the hard part. What you will need is a plan to keep you in check. There are some things you need to keep in mind while designing your program:
Keep your fitness goals on your mind : when designing a plan it is important you keep your goals in mind so you can design the proper program to achieve them. For instance if you were looking to lose weight you would design a program that incorporated 30 minutes of daily cardio plus 30 minutes of resistance training. Someone who is looking to build muscle would primarily focus on weight training.
Plan your routine around your day: planning a routine is great but you must plan it accordingly. If you make unrealistic goals you are less likely to achieve them. Make sure you pick a time that works for you and put it in your calendar.
Step 3 : Getting Started
Now that you’re ready for action I want you to keep these tips in mind :
Don’t jump the gun! With working out it is important to start nice and slow and gradually increase everything little by little. Gradually increase the amount of days you workout, your weights, your cardio etc.
Change creates change : Constantly changing your routine and being creative will get you the results you are looking for. Without change your body won’t change. The best tip I can give to you is always change your routine and don’t stick to anything for more then 6 to 8 weeks at a time.
Listen to your body. Your body is always channeling signals and you must make sure you listen to them. If something hurts don’t do it. If you feel you need a day off take it. You will be on the path to success!!!!
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