Fitness & Health
Sometimes, when we are beginning to get fit and healthy, we look at the short term things that need to be done while ignoring the more important long-term essentials that can make your goals become reality. Many people want to lose weight or build muscle fast and don’t want to take the time to actually teach our minds and bodies how to change, from the inside out. Learning the basics of fitness training can make your process seem much more manageable and actually achievable, rather than hectic and unrealistic.
There are a number of things that should be incorporated into your daily fitness routine in order to achieve the level of fitness that you desired. Some of these things are;
Your muscles are major contributors to your overall health. We need to build and maintain a strong muscular system for good bone and body strength. You can achieve this in a number of ways. By utilizing free weights and other levels of resistance training, your muscles will become stronger. Strength training can be incorporated into your regular fitness routine from two times a day up to six times. Be sure to give your muscles a day to recover so that they will not feel overstretched or too tight.
In order for our bodies to move properly, we must be flexible. When we are flexible, our general range of motion is increased, as is our strength level, which leads to increased and ease of movement and ability. Routine stretching helps to reduce anxiety and stress levels, acting as a tonic for an overly stimulating or frustrating day. It also makes us better equipped to physically handle our daily lives.
Balance is an extremely important part of fitness training. Isolating different muscles allows us to target various areas that might need to be stronger and focus in on exactly what they need. When you have better balance, your core can function better, allowing for better posture and stability. Balance is also something that we tend to lose as we age and should be attended to as much as possible in order to make sure we stay strong and in control of our bodies.
Aerobic Movement and Activity
Cardio, as aerobic activity is often called, is the most important aspect of fitness training. When you do cardio, your heart rate elevates, which makes you breathe more rapidly. This effectively delivers more oxygen to your blood. The more oxygen your blood can get, the better your body will function, as you are feeding many parts of your body that all need optimal amounts of oxygen in order to better and more fully carry out anything physical. Cardio is a major player in any fitness program and should be performed at least four to five times a week.
In order for your body to become a well-oiled and high performance machine, it is important to incorporate all of these things. After a short period of time, you will notice a difference in the way your body responds, as well as an overall improvement in your physical and mental health. We all want to look and feel our best. Committing to a routine program of fitness training on your own or with a personal trainer just might be the best decision you will make all day.
Written by Eric Dladla