When we are young, fitness comes easily. We play sports or are active in our daily life. But sometime during middle age, our fitness tends to decline. And in our retirement years we may begin to really pay a price for letting our fitness wane. This doesn’t have to happen. Here are some tips that will help to make your story a happy one of continued fitness throughout life.
To maintain your fitness level for life, you must find forms of exercise that you enjoy. If you have to force yourself to exercise, you are very unlikely to exercise on a regular basis or to maintain your fitness level in the long term. By participating in enjoyable forms of exercise such as swimming, cycling, hiking, dancing, and playing enjoyable team sports, you can be fit and stay fit for life.
Keep your workout routines interesting by changing it up occasionally. Someone who typically runs daily should switch things up and go with aerobics, using a jump rope or strength training the next day. Walking on a sidewalk is different than walking on a treadmill. Varying the exercises you do prevents the body from acclimatizing itself to one specific exercises, which can reduce its effectiveness.
Stretch problem areas more than those that are already flexible. This will loosen them up, even if not at first. If you leave these areas tight, it can lead to pain, especially if you exercise often. Take the time to stretch tight muscles before and after a workout and you’ll start to see them loosen.
Have a timer handy when doing exercises at home. When using an exercise ball it is helpful to time each exercise so you know how long you are in each position. Holding each position for a specified length of time helps you build muscles and reach your fitness goals.
Walk for about half an hour a few times a week. This will increase your bone density, which makes bearing weight easier. That’s helpful for anyone who has to lift things on a regular basis, as well as anyone who has started training with weights. Older people can benefit from greater bone density as well.
Exercise in the morning. Studies show that most people are most sedentary in the early morning hours, which means that your metabolism runs slow. Exercising in the morning kick starts your metabolism and helps you start burning fat quicker, whether it’s a brief workout of five minutes or a full workout routine.
One general fitness tip that will help keep your energy level high and in balance is to make sure you “deload” (rest and don’t exercise as hard) for a few days after an intense training session. This will give your body time to recover and prepare for the next set of training demands that you will make on it.
We hope these tips on fitness have given you a lot of good ideas. Applied well, this knowledge can help you avoid debilitating conditions later in life or to minimize the conditions that cannot be wholly avoided. Fitness is like holding a rope taut, not letting it go slack. Keeping fit throughout life is its own reward.