Tips For Staying Physically Fit – Improve Your Fitness Level
Improve Your Fitness Level
Why improve your fitness level? Fitness is an essential element of your body's health and functionality. Not only will you burn fat and build muscle, but also improve the health of your body's vital organs, increase your stamina and also your flexibility. Continue reading to find some helpful tips for increasing the level of your physical fitness.
What Is Your Current Fitness Level?
The very first thing you should do is to evaluate where you stand as far as fitness is concerned. Are you currently in shape and active? Are you aging but just a few years away from when you were always physically active? Perhaps you don't exercise often at all, and you're fairly overweight. Take a quick fitness test:
No matter what your case is, you can be on the track to being physically fit in no time. You must familiarize yourself with the condition of your body.
Track Your Progress
You need to make sure that you set reasonable fitness goals as you start out. You need both short-term and long-term fitness goals. Your long-term fitness goals give you your final destination as well as motivation. Your short-term fitness goals provide checkpoints, in which you can track your progress and reward yourself to stay motivated along the way.
A short-term goal is something as simple as increasing the number of repetitions you do for a given exercise, or adding a few pounds of weight. A long-term goal is something more significant, like a substantial weight loss or the ability to jog 5 miles when you are starting from scratch.
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You should definitely keep a fitness journal, and you should be recording both what you're doing as well as your thoughts, ideas, and anything else that you feel like adding. Tracking your progress shows you where you've been, and it also helps you determine what has worked, what hasn't, and where you need to go from here. It's really rewarding to read it back later. It reinforces pride in your achievements, and often gives you an extra boost to keep you going.
Assess and Adapt
Always be open to change, and be willing to make adjustments to your fitness program. You might notice that certain exercises aren't working, and you might need to change things up. You also might want to introduce and try out new exercises that you learn about that sound exciting.
Make sure that you're paying attention to when your routine becomes easier. This means you're getting somewhere, and you need to increase the intensity of your exercise regimen. This will help keep your workout geared toward what will provide you the best results.
What Types of Exercise?
You need to be doing both cardiovascular exercise and strength-conditioning training exercises as well. You want to be giving your body the benefits of a cardiovascular workout, and you want to be building muscle at the same time.
Look into the many options that you have available to you. Cardio includes walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, and indoor cardio machines. Strength training can be free weights, machines, and even using your own body with Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, and more.
Customize For Your Needs
You can incorporate fitness activities into your daily routine and schedule. In other words, find odd times to get an extra short rep or workout in throughout the day. Think of ways you can exercise at your desk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do curls with an object from your desk. Whatever your situation, with a little extra thought, you can be adding to your fitness workout throughout your day.
Be accountable: join a spin class or yoga meet-up. You'll make friends and look forward to class and catching up. More of a loner? Make it a habit to pop in that workout DVD, or roll out of bed and put on your running shoes before you have time to change your mind.
And it goes without saying but yes, reward yourself. Pick up a fitness magazine for inspiration. Buy some new music to get you moving. Go shopping and try on outfits you only dreamed about a few months ago. Treat yourself to a healthy dinner out with friends. Find your own “not so guilty” pleasure — you have earned it.
If you just get started now, you will not only improve your fitness level, you will enjoy the journey, and accomplish something you can be proud of accomplishing. As Nike says, “just do it!”