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General fitness tips

Follow these fitness tips to stay in general shape.

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Getting into exercise

If you are entirely new to exercise, break into it gently at first. A little to start with is sensible and work up from there. It takes a long time to get appreciable results, and a great deal of regularity in training too. Remember that Rome was not built in a day! It’s the same for results from fitness. The great thing is that the more you do, the more you can do. If at all worried, always consult your GP before starting an exercise regime.

Activity counts!

Many people who are trying to lose weight often have sedentary jobs. This fact makes it harder to achieve results, EVEN WHILST taking regular exercise. A much more significant factor at play here is metabolism. This needs to be heightened by overall energy expenditure, throughout the whole day.So even getting out of your office chair every two hours, walking more often, and taking the stairs instead of the lift make a huge overall difference in raising your overall metabolic rate.

Activities you enjoy

Try to find activities that you enjoy. Some people enjoy walking, overs much prefer cycling and some enjoy gardening. All three are actually great activities that will get you leaner. but what’s most important is that you enjoy the activity you settle upon.

Appropriate times of day

Choose a time to exercise that is most appropriate for you. Maybe you are a morning person and are most spritely in the early hours, or maybe the thought of getting up earlier to exercise is ludicrous to you, and you more alive in the evening time. It is important to know what time suits you as an individual. Research has indicated that the best time to exercise is around 2PM or 3PM , afternoon time, for most.

It’s never too late

It’s never too late to exercise! I’ve worked with numerous clients who have started exercise late in the game. Many of them are sent by their GP , due to ailments and mobility problems. After continuing for some time they agree that finding fitness is one of the best things that happened to them. So never let age be a barrier. Age is after all just a number and if you don’t mind then it doesn’t matter.

Keep going to maintain gains

As a general rule of thumb all of the benefits gained through fitness will be lost within one third of the time it takes to gain them. Meaning if you invest a whole year in training you will lose those gains within approx 4 months (if you cease exercise). Therefore the more time you invest the greater the benefits remain. Of course the idea once you get started is to NEVER stop.

Invest in a long life

Just as people save for retirement financially, it is good to see your time spent exercising as an “Investment in YOUR health”, if you start young you would have invested so much into your bone, joints and cardiovascular health to assure a long and successful retirement.

Health should be the first wealth

It has been shown that people spend half of their life, often sacrificing their health, to make money. And then spend the remainder of there life trying to spend their money to regain good health. It makes sense to invest in your health as early as possible. Life expectancy has gone up immensely over the years so remember that while money is important, we are nothing without good health. Health should be the first “Wealth”

Set achievable goals

Have a concrete goal in mind. These can start off really simple, and should always be achievable, such as “I want to visit the gym 3 times this week”, and “I want to loose weight”. Try to be as specific as possible when setting goals. Are you after a look, a size? A number? Over time your goals will change as you meet more of them. It doesn’t matter what the goal is as long as you have one. The activity of fitness is all centered around the setting of goals.

10 reasons exercise is great

Exercise is AMAZING for so many reasons, here are just 10:

  1. Strengthens bones and joints
  2. It helps you sleep better
  3. It improves posture
  4. It speeds up metabolism
  5. It increases energy levels
  6. It reverses the aging process
  7. It adds years to your life and life to your years
  8. It prevents heart disease
  9. It increases muscle mass
  10. It makes you feel great!
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