Do you start gasping for air after running up a flight of stairs? It might be time for you to get in shape. Although the thought of getting fit seems daunting to most people, the payoff is worth it. Here are some tips that will come in handy:
Is it easier to exercise three times a week or seven? Once you make exercising a habit, it will be much easier to do. If you are currently not exercising at all, you should start by doing it for 30 minutes every day. Moreover, when you exercise only twice a week, it will be much easier to start postponing workouts then stop doing them altogether.
Duration Is Not a Substitute for Intensity
Once you begin exercising regularly, what can you do if you are still not achieving your goals? Most people usually start working out for extended periods. Not only does this waste your time, but it also does not work well. Exercising for more than an hour can destroy muscle and cause your fat content to increase.
To see some improvement, you should start doing more intense workouts. Are you wondering whether you are on the right track? If you have the money, you should consider hiring a personal trainer to guide you.
Acknowledge Your Set Point
Many people become frustrated when they stop seeing results from their rigorous workout routines. Just know that everyone has a genetic set point where your body will want to remain. However, this should not deter you from achieving your fitness goals.
Acknowledging your set point does not mean that you should give up; it just means that you have to realize the obstacles that you are facing. Therefore, you should not be too hard on yourself when your progress plateaus.
Expect to stagnate at some point and use this knowledge to work around the set point so that you can keep achieving results at a more realistic rate.
Do not fuss over minute details such as whether your body is getting enough omega 3 nutrients. However, you should look at your diet to see if it is healthy. Do not be fooled into eating snacks that look healthy but are far from it.
The nutritional advice you should follow is:
- Eat more vegetables
- Eat unprocessed foods
- Meat should be a side dish instead of a main course
Watch Out For Travel
You should not let long holidays interfere with your fitness goals. However, this does not mean that you should exercise nonstop without taking any breaks. When you are in the first sixty days of exercising, taking a week long excursion could hinder your progress because you are still forming habits.
In the first month, you should have a backup plan that allows you to maintain consistency.
Start Slow Not Fast
When you start by exercising rigorously, you will burn out fast. You have your whole life to be healthy, so you should take your time. You cannot turn from a couch potato into a superstar athlete in a few days.
If you are starting cardio, start with what you can handle then work your way up to intense exercises. Pushing yourself and doing intense bursts of exercise will come later when you know that you can handle regular exercise.
Having a workout partner will keep you accountable and give you someone to compete against because humans are competitive by nature. However, you should choose a person who loves to work hard. You do not want a partner who holds you back from achieving your goals.
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