Fitness, the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, is a priceless gift you give to yourself. World class athletes need the highest level of fitness but keeping your moving parts moveable could be a great bottom line for most of us.
There are so many levels to fitness. But one thing’s for sure: it’s good not to ignore the subject. Fitness success comes from finding what’s right- what works – for you.
An opened mind is one of the most important traits that will help you reach fitness goals. An opened mind will search for new ideas when other ideas don’t work and will focus on what the body can do rather than upon its limitations. Throw in determination and you’ll be on your way to becoming your best fit self.
Is going to the gym a requirement? No. Being dependent upon going to the gym to get a workout can be a fitness habit killer. It’s easy to feel intimidated at a gym even though, just like with church, we shouldn’t concern ourselves with other people’s reasons for going.
Home workouts are great because drive time is eliminated, there’s no pressure to look good in your gym clothes, you can work out in bits and pieces, in complete privacy, at your convenience, capturing otherwise wasted time intervals as brief as 30 seconds.
The best exercise plan will include more than just cardio because cardio exercise simply can’t do enough for the total body. There’s more to a body than a heart and respiratory system. Cardio will leave you with a flabby core and weak arms.
Nothing is more targeted than weight training- more able to access every muscle of the body. Strength training will not make women too muscular. A case can be made that weight training is more important for women than for men.
Choosing strength training as your exercise of choice can keep your body beautiful for as long as you maintain the practice. Maintaining your body’s shape and maximizing your metabolism is what you can expect from strength training. Middle-age bulge won’t be your problem.
Maintaining beautiful skin is the big challenge as you age – way more difficult than retaining your body’s shape. Truly unavoidable signs of aging are skin-related. Cigarette smoking is a guaranteed wrinkle multiplier. But the good news is everything looks better with muscles – even wrinkles.
If lifelong fitness is your objective then exercise moderately and consistently. A good motto is to make exercise an effort but never a strain. You brush your teeth every day and you exercise every day. It’s what you do. Your frequency bottom line should be to work out more days than not. Focus on ‘consecutive workout days’ rather than ‘days per week.’
Only you (not your trainer) can determine the workout intensity that is right for you. The intensity of your workout needs to match your taste.Taste for intensity is personal- beware of when it changes.
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