One of the best ways to get fit and into good shape is to start using some sort of structured fitness program. If you have been struggling to lose weight recently thenthis short article will help you to get a better idea of how to develop your own fitness program and accelerate the results.
First of all it’s important to decide what you’re trying to achieve. You should calculate your ideal weight or establish how much muscle mass you want to gain. Not everyone simply wants to lose weight, for example, your goal may simply be to get fitter and feel better in which case sticking to a rigid diet will not be necessary. Ideally, you should try and calculate your target weight and chart your progress towards it. It’s also important that you work within a sensible timeframe. Most people lose a fair bit of weight in the first few weeks of embarking on a fitness programme only to see that tail off, causing them to lose motivation and ultimately making them lose interest. Personally, I would not recommend trying to lose more than 2 pounds a week or trying to gain more than a pound of muscle per week. If you have a slow metabolism then you need to give yourself more time and, of course build in time for rest days in order to give your body the opportunity to get used to this new lifestyle.
You need to develop changes to your lifestyle that you can action on a daily basis. Exercising a couple of times every week will, of course, make a difference, but raising your activity levels across your daily routine will help you stay fit over the long-term. For example, if you take the bus to work, why not consider walking instead. If possible, I recommend 30 minutes of vigorous walking every day – its a great way to lose weight and stay active. At work, take the stairs instead of the lift and try to find a new hobby to keep you active during the long winter evenings instead of just vegging out in front of the TV.
One of the most important aspects of any fitness program is that it should be fun. For example, why not work on your cardio by taking a team sport, or you can improve your overall fitness and learn some self defence techniques the same time by practising a martial art? These types of activities will also help you get out, and make new friends. If high-impact sports aren’t for you, then why not try some yoga classes. Rather than spending hours pounding away in the gym, these can be psychologically, socially, and physically more rewarding ways to get fit.
Another important aspect is to add a bit of variety to your routine. Change things up every so often with different routines different types of work out and even trying out different locations such as an alternate gym.
It’s important to try and develop different routines so that you do not work on the same muscles all the time. For example, a cross trainer may be great for developing leg muscles but it should be teamed up with a rowing machine to help flatten those abs. It’s also important to increase the number of reps that you include in your routine. Try to aim for more reps every week and remember to include a short break, because you will find that you can usually do more after the break.
It's important to use cardio efficiently. Find a workout routine that you enjoy and try working in some cardio at least three times a week. It’s important to start slowly and build it up because if you overdo it and there’s a chance that you may be banning muscle mass instead of the fat. Personally, I like to undertake some intense cardio for a few minutes interspersed with my normal routine.
So, there you are, some simple tips to develop a more effective workout routine and achieve better health. Hopefully, you find them useful but I can also recommend this bestselling Bodybuilding training guide, which will help you get started on the path to peak fitness.