10 Workout Secrets for Lifelong Fitness
Getting and staying fit can be a challenge for some. For others it is a way of life. So what's the secret of people who have managed to make exercise a lifelong habit? Try following these top exercise tips and tricks, workout secrets or just food for thought, to get the most from your fitness routines.
1. Be A Workout Warrior
An exercise program only works if you do it consistently! Everyday if you can, or make a schedule that works for you and stick to it no matter what!
2. Create a Results Driven Exercise Routine
Studies have shown us time and again that the following exercises yield the best results when it comes to increased health and fitness levels:
- Strength Training - 20 minutes a day, a minimum of twice a week increases your muscle tone and metabolism
- Interval training - Yields the most bang for your buck - time-efficient and productive
- Cardio/aerobic exercise – Work your way to 60 minutes a day of your choice of cardio/aerobic exercise
3. Keeping it Real
The important thing to remember is that results do not happen overnight. You may have great workout days and you will have not so great workout days. Stay focused on your efforts to move and exercise toward better health and fitness, not on perfection.
4. Take a Buddy Along for the Ride
Find a friend or relative with whom you can exercise with and who wants to establish a healthier lifestyle. Someone who shares your desires and goals is a great motivational tool!
5. Make Fitness a Way of Life
Just move! Fancy gyms and equipment are necessary to stay fit and healthy. Purchase a few items of your own for a home gym – stability ball, tubing, hand weights, and/or a medicine ball; or exercise in a nearby park that has fitness stations. Be creative!
6. Keep it Interesting
Boredom with your fitness routine is a sure way to damper not only your fitness goals, but also your enthusiasm for lifelong fitness. Spice up the week by adding different workouts – interval training, circuit training, walking, hiking, running, swimming, biking, weight training, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, boot camps, martial arts, Zumba, dance classes, and so much more!
7. Timing is Important
Do you have more energy in the morning, afternoon, or maybe at night? Working out while you have the most energy will yield the best results.
8. Hire a Personal Trainer or Fitness Professional
A Personal Trainer can provide you with a professional assessment to determine what types of exercise you need most and even provide you with a routine to follow based on your goals, abilities and limitations and how best to improve your overall fitness level.
9. Find Your Inspiration
Try to determine what or who it is that inspires you to be more fit and healthy! Perhaps it is a successful fitness celebrity, professional athlete, or a friend or family member that has been making great strides in getting fit and losing weight. On the other hand, perhaps the idea of running a 5k, 10k, or half marathon inspires you!
10. Do not give up!
There will be ups, downs, one step forward, one step backward, setbacks, victories whatever you want to call it, but it is not always easy! Remember CONSISTENCY and DO NOT GIVE UP!
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