Recent studies have shown that when people are given specific strategies to improve their activity levels, their motivation is higher than people that are starting out on their own without useful information to change their behaviors about exercise. The following strategies are simple, yet action-oriented to get you started on implementing a fitness program into your life.
Consult with a professional before attempting a new exercise with weights or machine. Doing an exercise or using a machine improperly can negate any benefits you might get from it. Worse than that, you can sometimes even injure yourself, possibly causing long-term problems.
If your goal is to become more physically fit, but don’t know where to start, try meeting with a personal trainer. Good trainers know how to get you started on activities you will enjoy, how to keep you motivated, and get you to the next fitness level, injury free.
A really good way to help you get fit is to make a small protein shake whenever you feel the urge to eat junk food. By adding just a scoop of protein powder, some ice, and a little bit of splenda, you’ll have a much healthier snack that won’t wreck your fitness goals.
It’s important to replenish your body’s sodium levels when you exercise, so make sure you aren’t letting them dip too low. Most sports drinks contain plenty of sodium, or you can add an electrolyte supplement to water. Keep an eye out for any symptoms of low sodium, such as headaches, muscle cramps and disorientation.
Fitness relies heavily on physical activity in the form of exercise. You should exercise once a day for at least 30 minutes. If you initial can’t exercise for 30 minutes, try starting with 5 minutes, then slowly work your way up to 30 each day. Once you reach 30 days, try doing more strenuous activity or exercise for a longer time period.
One of the best ways to enhance leg muscle strength is through doing wall sits. Make sure you find a big enough wall space for you to do wall sits on. Stand with the wall behind you about 18 inches. Lean back and bend your knees until you feel you back touching the wall. Keep squatting down to the point where you are in a sitting position with your thighs perfectly parallel to the floor. Maintain this position until you can’t take it any more.
Lifting lighter weight with more repetitions can increase muscle mass. Muscle mass is is not built solely by lifting large amounts of weight; endurance is also key. Many weight-lifters practice this method.
A modification to traditional running that can increase fitness is high knee running. It simply involves raising your knees above your waist while running. By doing high knee running, you increase strength in your core muscles by essentially doing a standing crunch while running. It’s also an extra workout for your thighs.
Staying on your fitness program is the single-most important gift you can give yourself and family. By significantly increasing your activity levels, the pay-off will be that you will feel better, look better, and the exercise will increase your energy level. Give yourself the gift of health by implementing a fitness and exercise plan into your life.