There are many good reasons to follow a fitness program. Most people that do this are interested in losing weight and feeling more energetic throughout the day.
There’s really no downside to fitness, except that many people find it hard to motivate themselves to work out regularly. This doesn’t have to be the case, and in this article we’ll be offering some suggestions that will make it easier for you to find and stick with the right fitness plan.
On Exercise and Diet
Any good fitness program places equal emphasis on exercise and diet, and if either one of these two important components is downplayed, fitness goals will be difficult to achieve. Eating better doesn’t necessarily imply that you need to stick to a traditional diet. Many people don’t do so well when they’re put on a diet, and in many cases, a diet isn’t really the answer to helping them become healthy and fit. For instance, if you’re on a diet where you’re severely limited as to the foods you eat, pretty soon you’ll want to abandon the diet. You can cut back on calories and strive to eat healthier foods without actually going on a formal diet. If you want to do this, you should learn as much as you can about nutrition so that you know which foods are best to eat and which you should avoid.
Instead of doing cardio workouts that go for a long time, that are light or moderate in intensity, go for interval training for your workout routine. The key is to modulate between high and low intensity workouts during the interval training. You can do this with an elliptical machine or a treadmill. You would want to be walking, then sprinting. This is something you could do at the local neighborhood track. You want to have a higher metabolism, plus burn fat much more effectively everyday. It also allows you to enjoy greater benefits while actually spending less time for your workout. As you get older, this is very beneficial for not only your heart, but maintaining your growth hormone levels.
Keep Track of Your Progress
To monitor your progress, keeping track of your exercising and dieting is the way to go. As you achieve certain things, write them down in a notebook or journal to keep track of what you are doing. You may want to combine this with a food journal, so you know how many calories you’re consuming every day. Your weightlifting should also be documented. Keep track of how many repetitions and how much weight you are lifting. However far you walk or run every day should also be kept track of in your journal. Your progress, and documented in this way, can help you stay motivated. It is important to be honest and accurate when keeping a journal in this manner.
The above fitness tips can help you get into better shape, but only if you practice them consistently. Fitness is a lifetime commitment, something you integrate into your daily life. You can’t expect to get the results you are seeking if you exercise or eat healthily when you’re in the mood. Moreover, don’t push to do so many things at once and expect results overnight. You can make steady progress if you focus on your goals and don’t let yourself get discouraged by minor setbacks.