For many people, getting fit seems like an impossible task. It takes time and stamina and doesn’t appear to be all that fun. However, with the right workout plan, tailored to what you can do and what you find enjoyable, getting fit and staying fit can be a lifelong hobby. Following are some tips to get into the swing of things.
Listen to your body when exercising. A little muscle soreness here and there is quite normal, especially if you have started a new kind of workout. Continuous pain is a different matter altogether. It is your body’s way of telling you that you have overdone things, and are in danger of injuring yourself, maybe seriously. Rather than self-medicating with aspirin or another type of pain reliever, visit your doctor.
Whatever fitness routine you choose, be sure to include cardio-vascular exercise. Staying heart and lung healthy is extremely important, and a cardio workout will do just that for your body. Try to do 30 minutes of cardio or aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week. This can take the form of running, biking, using a treadmill or elliptical trainer, or swimming. Remember not to overdo it. If you find yourself short of breath, you should take a break until your heart rate slows down.
When you are sick, take a break from exercising so your body can heal, and you can get better. When you are sick your body will work hard to heal itself. Even if you do workout, your body is focusing more on the healing process than on building muscle and endurance.
Try joining a sports team to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals. If you have an entire team of people relying on you to be at practice and games every day, you’re not as likely to chicken out and skip work outs. Not only can it keep you on track, you can have fun too.
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether or not your training program is too strenuous for your cardiovascular system. Prior to starting or intensifying a workout program, measure and document your heart rate immediately upon waking. This should be done for at least five days leading up to the change. After you have started or intensified your program, continue to take measurements on the days after your workout. An increase of more than 10 beats per minute indicates that your body may not be recovering from the change as efficiently as it should be.
Muscle injuries can bring us down, but getting back into exercising as soon as you can will help you heal quicker. Start out slowly, trying just a few minutes at a low intensity just to test yourself. As soon as you experience pain, stop. When you are finished apply ice for twenty minutes. Continue the next day trying to do a little more.
If any injury occurs with one arm, there is no reason to not work out the other arm. Doing this has been found to increase the non-exercising arm’s strength by at least 10%. This is achieved because working out the one arm stimulates the muscle fibers in the other arm.
Therefore, getting and staying fit does not have to be the unreachable pinnacle in your life. It’s just a matter of building up stamina by doing something you enjoy, an activity that will get your heart rate up and that you can do at least a few times a week. A routine like that may not make you into an Olympic star, but it can give you a healthy body, keep your weight down, and make you feel good about yourself.