Over the course of the last decade, the fitness industry has been growing and living a healthier lifestyle has become a trending throughout the world. Each region of the globe honing their own methods, tactics and ways of training to strive towards goals to be physically fit. As a result of the trend, thousands of gyms have been built,millions of advertisements blasting in our faces and over a billion different online forums to research, “how to get fit!”
Because of my own personal background, people often reach out me asking where to start their fitness journey, what to do and how to succeed. Having so many options is definitely something to be praised, but it also can be a little overwhelming. That is where these three basic fundamentals of fitness,should be embraced so that your fitness journey can begin.
For thousands of years there have been three key elements of a fitness regimen must be incorporated.
Cardiovascular exercise, strength training and active recovery.
Cardio is typically the first thing that people think of doing to get more fit. Ellipticals, stair masters, swimming pools, treadmills and riding bikes are amongst the easiest forms of cardio to begin doing.Even though all of those may sound dreaded, they are unfortunately a must for anyone attempting to shed body fat and weight. Through cardiovascular work, you burn off fat, carbs and calories that are stored in your body. Then, in term will result in weight loss if you are burning more calories than consumed on a daily basis. There are several forms of cardio workouts that you can do, ideally you have to do what is best for your body type.
Try as many cardio workouts as possible until you find the one that you can consistently stick to, eventually you are bound to find the type of workout that is ideal for you. Who knows… you may even end up with a new “niche!”
Strength training is the second fundamental that is crucial for a well balanced routine. Many people have altered their entire body composition and mentality through weight lifting. Although you may be intimidated entering the weight room, rest assured that once you begin to feel the positive effects from lifting you’ll change your outlook on dumbbells and squat racks! Losing weight is never an easy task, losing stubborn body fat is even more difficult. That is why lifting weights is something that should be incorporated in your fitness regimen, it will aid you in building a lean body mass that isn’t possible with cardio workouts alone.
More important than pounds and body fat, are the other amazing benefits that come from strength training. Pumping iron, reduces blood pressure, strengthens bone mass (which reduces chance of osteoporosis,) increases metabolic rate, relieves stress and enhances mental clarity. That is just a few of the important reasons to grasp the gift of lifting weights.
If you’re feeling uncertain where to begin in this process, seek out a trainer at the gym, take a body definition class or even team up with a fitness role model that you admire to become more confident in the gym. There are several options to take in order to educate yourself on the art of strength training.This evolving fitness trend amongst the entire globe has made it very easy to seek out experts willing to help you get stronger.
Lastly is the key part that most fitness enthused individuals fail to do, take a rest and properly recover. Just as important as working out and breaking down muscles, is allowing your body the time is needs to recover. Taking a walk on the beach or a yoga class to enhance flexibility are perfect examples of what “active recovery,” entails. Taking time for rest allows the muscle fibers that are being broken down to repair themselves naturally,lets your heart have a break from working in overdrive and the mind a chance to catch up mentally on all this it’s been exerted into.
Ideally you should take at least one day of complete rejuvenation a week. No, that doesn’t mean to stay in your bed or by the pool like a vegetable all day, but it does mean that you should not feel obligated to continually workout even in your body is telling you to let it rest.
Our bodies are incredibly sophisticated, intricate and delicate. That means by working out harder and more often than necessary will only reap negative results, so don’t neglect that burning desire to sometimes do nothing. It is needed.
This is just a brief overview of a well rounded fitness regimen, with a few minute facts of the benefits of exercise. Take these basic fundamentals and begin to apply them in your efforts to get more fit. Your fitness journey is ready to begin and now so are you!