A lot of people have a hard time staying fit. It can be hard to begin a fitness routine if you do not know how to properly do it. Guidance is key towards getting into shape. Use the following advice to help you get fit for life.
Many people think the only way to get fit is by lifting weights. You really only need six exercises to maintain your body’s muscles, they are: push ups, pull ups, squats, leg raises, bridges and handstand push ups.
In order to apply basic body building techniques, one thing you do is lift heavier weights for fewer reps. Start by choosing a muscle group. Try a little warmup first; you do not want to strain your muscles. Try doing around 15 or so reps for the warm up. Next, increase the weight and do a smaller set of 6-8. One the third set increase this weight by five pounds, doing the most reps you can.
Record all of your daily activity in a detailed fitness diary. Record your workouts and make sure to add in the extra exercise you do throughout the day. You can tell how far you have walked in a day if you use a pedometer through the day. Keeping track of how far you’ve come in your fitness routine can keep you motivated.
Crunches day and night alone won’t give you a six pack. Although abdominal exercises, such as crunches, help to strength the ab muscles, they do not burn the fat on your stomach. If you want a 6 pack you need to lose weight by doing a lot of cardiovascular exercises and perhaps some resistance exercises.
If you cannot motivate yourself to exercise, plan time in the day so that it becomes a priority at that specific time. Set a goal for the number of workouts a week you want to have, and then stick to the schedule. If you miss a day for some reason, switch your workout to a day that you can exercise. Make sure to keep that backup date.
Many are under the impression that daily abdominal exercise is wise. This is not what you should be doing. Like other muscles, abs require periodic rest and recovery. Your routine should allow for at least 2 or 3 days between ab routines.
Never attempt to move out of the bed and workout when you are under the weather. When you are sick, your body tries to use everything it has to heal itself. You will not get ahead with your workout and you should never assume you can sweat your illness away. Hence, rest and get better before working out again. While you are healing, take care of your body with a good diet and plenty of sleep.
By training like a Kenyan, you can increase your endurance and speed. Run slowly for the first third or so of your entire routine. You should gradually increase your pace throughout the run. During that middle third, start running at normal pace. Run at a faster pace in the last third. If this is done regularly, you will see the difference in your endurance and speed.
Use everything you learned today to take initiative towards getting into shape. There will certainly be a transition period when you will have a hard time, but the results will eventually make themselves apparent if you stick with it. Nothing looks or feels as good as being physically fit, but don’t take our word for it! Now is the time to find out for yourself.