Top 10 Ways to Ensure Fitness this Summer
Staying fit is essential if we want to live a long, healthy, lively life free from physical stress. Although staying fit requires sacrifice and may be challenging at times, a sustainable balanced diet plan and a sufficient amount of daily exercise is all you need to incorporate into your daily routine to keep yourself in good shape. Summer especially, is the perfect time to dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle. This article will guide you in how to use your time in an optimal manner ensuring a fit and shaped up new you!
1. Get dedicated!
Remember that before you get started, it’s important to make yourself committed to achieving your fitness goal. Don’t lose hope if you don’t see any change soon. Real and sustainable fitness requires a well planed target to be achieved over a course of time. Results don’t appear like magic and if they do, then you’re on the wrong track. Remember, losing weight and becoming fit are two different things. Staying fit means that not only are you in good shape, but you build up good stamina and physical strength. You may be a bit heavy, yet fit and that is perfectly fine because muscles weigh more than normal body fat. Thus, be sure to not give up and follow healthy means to achieve your target.
2. Start with stretches
People often get exercising with fast and tiring techniques and then complain about an aching body that lasts for many days. Don’t be one of them. If you are inactive, then slight aches are acceptable and normal when you get exercising, but in order to minimize such discomfort, it is important to being your exercise with a good warm up. Stretch your entire body so that your muscles get used to new adjustments before you begin the intense workouts. This way, your body will not damage and injuries will minimize.
3. Get Real
It’s normal to get enthusiastic about getting fit and here’s where the overconfidence walks in. People, who plan out their workouts, jot down such intense exercise routines that once they get started, they become impossible to maintain. This not only leads to demotivation but retreat from any fitness routine at all. Therefore, it is important to lay out realistic goals. The duration time or intensiveness can increase over time if you feel you are doing well. Gradually, you will start to see and feel changes in your body.
4. Hit the Gym
A gym is the perfect place to work out. With a range of machines and fitness activities, you are able to work out all parts of your body from your legs to your hips and your biceps and triceps. You can even develop six pack abs by doing 30 crunches twice a day. Once you’re at the gym, let your body explore the many opportunities of good work out to tone the desirable parts of your body.
5. Do Cardiovascular Exercises
Cardiovascular exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Our heart is a muscle and therefore the more we work it, the stronger it gets. This leads to a strong cardiovascular system able to deliver oxygen cells more efficiently. These exercises can be done easily without the use of equipment. The more intense working out, the better.
6. Get a pedometer
Sometimes our schedule is so tightly packed, that we are unable to allocate specific time for a properly focused workout. Don’t worry! Try to compensate with getting more active with the other stuff you have to get done. For example, walk rather than driving to a location or move fast with your dog when you take it out for a walk. Get a pedometer to help keep measure of your steps. Around 10,000 steps a day are considered ideal for a healthy and active body.
7. Eat Healthy
Keep nutritious and vitamin enriched food a consistent part of your diet. Replace sugary drinks with water and move away from creamy deserts to natural sugar enriched fruits. Avoid greasy and oily meals with lighter ones and incorporate green vegetables daily in your diet as well as protein for muscle repair. Do not eat when you are not really hungry or just to pass time. Also, take in small proportions at a time. The more you eat, the more your stomach capacity grows and your belly bulges outward. Therefore, eat more often but in smaller portions.
8. Keep Moving
People working in offices or computer related work end up spending a lot of time on a chair in one position. This can lead to a risk of chronic back pain. Try to move around every 30 minutes to avoid bad posture problems. Don’t be afraid to twitch! Small movements like turning your neck or wrists or moving your arms or legs while talking on the phone can actually lead to a better metabolism and weight control, as studies have shown.
9. Cultivate Outdoor Hobbies
Even if exercising is not your thing, you may still like outdoor games such as sports or even just throwing a Frisbee around with your dog. Try to increase the amount of time you spend in such activities rather than throwing away a greater proportion of your time in computer related ones.
10. Keep Track
Make sure you adhere to a planned target of how to achieve your desirable fitness over the summer. Do keep check of how much you have done and how much you still need to try. Also, ensure that you are doing enough to achieve physical fitness over the summer. If not, bring it up a notch. Once you see change, it will motivate you to sustain it by incorporating time for fitness even when summer is over.