As our average life span increases, we are becoming aware of the need to preserve our health through wise choices made throughout our lives. What is the point of long life if we are not fit to enjoy it? No matter what your age, considering this article can help you to begin to make choices which will have a positive impact on your health, fitness, and overall well-being for the rest of you life.
When designing your fitness program, focus on strength and endurance, not just muscle mass. Increasing muscle mass doesn’t make you healthier and it doesn’t make you more attractive. Better fitness comes from a well-rounded exercise program that will increase your functional strength, raise your heart rate on a regular basis, and increase your lung capacity.
If you’re lucky enough to live near your local grocery store, an easy way to get a workout is to walk to the store on your day off instead of taking your car. Grab a basket once you’re inside– getting a cart will make it easy to choose more items than you can easily carry. You can always make multiple trips, or bring the family so everyone can grab a few bags.
A good way to help you lose weight is to try your hand at rock climbing. Rock climbing is one of the hardest physical activities you can engage in. If you have the stomach for it, you’ll be burning more calories than you can count, and you’ll be fit in no time.
Work out your abs without doing crunches. That’s right, all you have to do is to take a deep breath and on the exhale, simply squeeze your belly to your spine and hold it for about 10 seconds. You’ll be working your transversus abdominis muscle, which lays behind more prominent abdominal muscles but can flatten your stomach noticeably.
A great way to help you get fit is to start running. Compared to other exercises like the stationary bike or the elliptical, running tends to burn far more calories. You can run on a treadmill or on a track if you can find one. Avoid running on concrete though.
Practice “Four-Square Breathing” after your workout while stretching. Breath in for four seconds, then breath out for four seconds, and repeat for three minutes. “Four-Square Breathing” increases your lung capacity and reduces stress when done properly, which helps you relax after your workout, and get ready for the rest of your day.
You can swim faster by working on developing your ankle flexibility. The more flexible your ankles are, the better you will be able to propel through the water. Flexible feet and ankles will work like flippers, helping you to glide through the water, thus helping you to swim much faster.
Remember, there is no need to hurry. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Pick a suggestion and give yourself a week or even a month to incorporate it as a habit. Then add another. Before you know it, these small changes will add up and you will be living a healthier, more productive life. Make the most of it!