Getting Physically Fit – Again
Has a busy life and time taken away your commitment to physical fitness? Many times the downward slide from being fit happens slowly, and suddenly you notice your fit body and energy has slipped away from you. Would you like to find your way to fitness again? Use the tips provided in this article to help you regain the fitness of your youth.
While you may be mentally ready to jump into an intense fitness routine, your body is not. If you try to do too much too soon, your body will rebel and prevent you from making any progress until it recovers. It is much better to take small steps in the beginning, and build on your accomplishments until you reach the level you want to be it. Perhaps the best way to begin is by joining a health club or gym and work with a personal trainer. In this way you will know you are accomplishing as much as possible without going overboard.
Your muscles need a warning before you begin working them hard. By warming up slowly you give them time to adjust to increased activity. If you just begin working hard without a warmup, you can end up with cramps or possibly a pulled muscle. This will prevent you from going forward with your program until your muscles have recovered.
If the primary reason you have let your fitness slip away is a life that is already too full, it is unlikely you will find many hours during the week to set aside for exercise. You can work around this problem by finding ways to exercise as part of the activities you already do. Cleaning house is an activity during which you are already moving about, so find ways to increase the activity. Climb the stairs a few more times than necessary, or walk around the perimeter of the yard while you are tending your flowers. If you work in an office, walk during your breaks or lunchtime. If you do not have outdoor space to walk in, walk around the inside of the building. Find a flight of stairs to climb a few times, or park your car as far away from the building as possible. If you live close enough to your workplace, walk or bike there when the weather permits.
The saying “no pain, no gain” is not necessarily true with exercise. In fact, the most effective exercise is walking so long as it is done in an energetic way.
Eating a nutritious diet is just as important as physical exercise. While adequate exercise is important, you will not regain the fitness level you seek if your diet is too full of fat, sugar and calories. A healthy diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains supports your efforts to attain fitness.
It is relatively easy to create a plan to become fit again, but following that plan on a daily basis requires commitment. If you make the decision to once again attain fitness, follow the tips in this article to help you reach your goal.