Many people are under the misconception that if they are thin they are fit. There are many thin people who have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and are really, not as fit as they think they are. There are some things that you should consider if you want to know just how fit you really are.
In order to maximize your fitness routine, be sure to always stretch. Stretching will help to prevent injury. Many times you may think that you do not have to stretch, or that if your exercise is light enough that your body will stretch itself. This is never the case, and becomes more important the older you get. Always stretch to prevent injury and get the most out of your workout.
When strength training, the rest you take between sets, will determine how your muscles will develop. If you are looking to build muscles and get bulky, your rest time between sets should be longer. If you are looking to build endurance and get leaner, more sculpted muscles, then your rest time should be shorter.
Learning to cook healthy meals is an under-appreciated but important part of any fitness routine. Foods that come from the grocery store prepared or pre-cooked are packed with unhealthy additives like sodium and artificial sweeteners. Learning how to fix tasty, healthy meals using fresh ingredients frees the fitness-minded chef from these nasty artificial ingredients.
Keep your goals short and simple as you start on a new fitness program. You can easily overwhelm yourself if, after a lifetime of being a couch potato, you decide you should be able to run 10 miles at full speed on the treadmill. At the beginnin, keep your goals simple. Start out with just a walk for a few minutes every other day. Work up to longer and more frequent walks as you progress.
To lower your risk of osteoporosis, be sure to consume plenty of calcium. It’s commonly known that milk and other dairy products contain calcium, but this nutrient can be found in many other foods. Bok Choy, broccoli, and kelp are all very high in calcium. Sesame seeds are another great source.
A great tip to boost your metabolism and increase the speed at which you burn calories is simple: take a walk after meals. This technique kick-starts your metabolism and begins burning fat, protein and other nutrients. By walking after meals, you ensure that your metabolism is working at a high rate throughout the day–you also make it more difficult for your body to store calories as fat.
Your fitness program should include regular workouts with quality exercises. The length of the workout is not so important as what you do while you are working out. You should start at twenty minutes and gradually work your way up to an hour. You don’t want to be exhausted when you work out or you will not get as much benefit from the exercises.
The information that has been provided above should have given you an idea for just how fit you really are. If you are not as fit as you would like to be, it is important for you to start making changes now while you can still fix your overall fitness.