Who doesn't want to spend more time outside now that we've hit the summertime? With all good intentions, unfortunately not everyone is able to enjoy the sunshine outside and will cause some problems when they are trying to hit their steps target each day. Despite the heat, there are some other ways of hitting your goals and missing out on your daily exercise.
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If you are keen to try and be a lot fitter, but you know that you first need to make some changes to do that, then there are a lot of approaches you might want to consider taking here. In truth it can be surprisingly easy to take control of your fitness, as long as you know what to do and what it actually involves. To help you out there, we are going to take a look in this article at some of the best approaches to take in order to take more control of your own fitness. All the following are worth considering.
Be careful with your goals
It is hugely important to have some goals if you want to be fitter now and in the future. As long as you have goals to work towards, you are going to find it so much easier to generally be fit and well, whereas if you don’t then you are much less likely to achieve quite as much. However, you should take care to ensure that your goals are reasonable, actionable, and specific. As long as they are, they will be a lot more powerful as goals, and that is what matters here.
Get a Personal Trainer
Something that can always help is having a personal trainer to guide you. If you have never used a personal trainer before, it might amaze you just how much of a difference this can really make, and it is one of those things that you are going to want to look out for as soon as possible. These days you can even easily get an online personal trainer to help guide you from your own home. Look out for that, and you might soon be on a much more certain path towards having better fitness.
Stick with it
A big part of the issue for many people is dedication. If you find that you frequently struggle to stick with your fitness regime, there are some steps you can take in order to improve upon this. For instance, you might want to think about refreshing your mind in terms of your motivation, so you can remember exactly why you are doing what you’re doing. Often that is enough to help you stick with your fitness regime, and therefore achieve the goals you may have in mind. Remember that, and it should really help you out.
Grab a partner
Finally, remember that there is a lot to be said for having help. As well as getting a personal trainer, it can really help if you have someone to workout with - ideally a close friend whom you trust and whom you are happy to workout alongside. Just having a partner or a buddy can help you a lot, you could even turn it into a family activity and have them alongside you. Having people involved is a much better influence to see you succeed in everything you are trying to do. It really is something that you will want to focus on from the very start, and if you run into any issues later on.
Exercise is vital to our bodies to help us maintain our health and fitness levels. Pretty much every adult knows that movement is the best thing for our bodies, and lack of movement can result in some pretty bad scenarios for our bodies.
"There's no wrong or right with fitness. It's whatever you enjoy and whatever you can keep up and keep doing." Joe Wicks
But exercise doesn't just mean hitting the gym. There is more to movement than lifting weights or pounding the treadmill. There are many more beneficial ways to improve your physical and mental health through movement.
So as an adult, what can you do to get that all-important exercise in without forcing yourself to do something you don't enjoy?
Join a sports team
Both rugby and football are national pastimes and perfect ways to raise that heart rate and work out a sweat. There are nearly 7,000 registered rugby clubs alone in the UK, and you can quickly join a team and start playing at your level. You never know. If you find you enjoy the game, you can work your way through the club and become more involved in the decision for the team, social events, or even choosing online Rugby team kit designs, which can be a great way to find new support circles and friend groups.
If rugby or football isn't your cup of tea, then there are over 150,000 registered sports clubs in the UK for you to choose from.
As opposed to just walking, hiking offers many health benefits for everyone. There are many benefits of walking, and while this is a natural place to start, making a move to hiking can help you increase your activity levels and stamina and improve your overall health.
Walking is an excellent fat burner. All you need to do is make sure you walk at a pace that raises your heart rate and leaves you slightly out of breath. When you elevate this to hiking, you can offer your body many more benefits. Not only will you be able to marvel at the beauty of nature around you, but you can move across different terrains, change gradients as you move up and down hills and mountains and give your body a boosted workout.
Dance it out
Dancing uses multiple muscle groups and can be as vigorous or relaxed as you choose. There are numerous dance styles you can choose to learn, and classes across the country range from beginner to advanced. From Zumba to ballet, salsa or ballroom, you can still get moving, have fun and avoid the gym if you so wish.
The best part is you can choose to be trained to improve your skill and technique on a more intense level or enjoy dancing on a more relaxed schedule. Dancing is fun, energetic and social, meaning you can further boost your dopamine levels by getting extra mental health support from those around you in class.
Whatever type of movement you choose to do, remember that there is no point in doing it if it makes you unhappy. The more you enjoy what you do, the better the chances of committing and making it part of your schedule in the future.
So you want to get in shape. This is all you hear about on the news. You see your favourite actors on TV doing those "I will get in shape" commercials. These men and women will start tomorrow morning with a ton of fat on their face. They will put on lean muscles. They will then end the day with slimmer. Some of them will still have fat on their thighs. What are they doing with their hands? What is going on? It is not a diet, it is not a pill. These people are taking action and they are getting the results. Why? Because they have a plan that is set in motion by a vision. They have a game plan.
You are not going to get in shape on your own. You are going to get in shape on your partners game plan. You do not have to be perfect. You just have to be prepared. You need to know what you are doing. You need to have a game plan.
The game plan starts with you. When you say to yourself you are going to get in shape, you have to begin with you. You have to be 100 percent committed to it. You need to have an action plan to do it. You need to have a goal. You need to know when it is time to stop. You need to know when to continue. You need to set a date by which you will get in shape. Once you have that date, you need to execute the plan.
The plan is set, you know when it is time, you have an action plan set in motion, you have a date by which you are going to do it, you have a goal, you have your friend who is ready to help, now let's execute the plan.
If you want to achieve a healthy and toned body, it's important that you understand which exercises are effective and which aren't. Some exercises will actually help you lose weight and help the development of specific muscle groups. In case you're a bit confused about which exercises are good for which body fat levels, here are some of the top exercises that will help you get into shape.
1. Insanity: This is an extremely intense cardio exercise. However, it is proven to help you burn fat in a fast rate. This kind of exercise not only helps you lose the weight you want, but also helps you increase your metabolism. This particular exercise helps you to improve your cardiovascular fitness, increase your metabolism, and also reduce stress.
2. Sprinting: Sprinting is another great cardio exercise that helps you to lose weight in a speedy rate. Running for a short distance will also help your lungs become more efficient, reduce the risk of obesity and asthma, and will also increase your metabolism rate. It is also known to increase muscle mass.
3. Squats: This particular exercise helps you to lose weight with great intensity. You don't have to spend a lot of time to start seeing results. In case you want to increase your metabolism rate, you need to keep pushing yourself with this exercise. This exercise also works on your legs. They are the muscles that help you run longer, and you will also become more flexible.
4. Running Hills: This exercise has a great impact on your metabolism rate, and helps you burn fat at a phenomenal rate. Running up hills also helps you to develop your gluteus maximus. This is an area which many people neglect. They think that running doesn't work on this particular muscle group. Well, the fact is, this movement helps to develop glutes tremendously. Running up hills is another excellent cardio exercise, and helps you to lose weight in a faster manner.
5. Stairmaster: This particular exercise is said to work on the entire body. It helps you to develop muscle strength, and helps you develop heart muscle. The reason why it is considered as one of the great cardio exercises is because many people tend to gain weight slowly and gain heart muscle slowly. This exercise also gives you a good cardiovascular fitness. It helps you to lose weight in a faster rate, and also build muscles in a faster rate.
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