Top Ten Fitness Tips

Exercising regularly and being fit can have a very positive effect on your health and well-being, from giving you more energy to developing a stronger immune system. Getting fit and staying fit is not always easy, though, as there is so much information available. Avoid getting weighed down with too many details with some simple tips to get the most from your exercise routine.

1) Do Your Cardio

Twenty minutes of cardiovascular exercise three times a week will improve your fitness, make you healthier and help you control your weight. Exercise at a moderate intensity of 60 to 90 percent of your maximum heart rate for best results.

2) Lift Weights Regularly

Weight training will strengthen not only your muscles, but also your bones and ligaments. Regular strength training can improve your posture and muscle tone and help with weight loss by elevating your metabolism.

3) Stretch Before and After Exercise

Regular stretching will stop your muscles from shortening as you age and may reduce the likelihood of suffering from back pain caused by spending too much time sitting down.

4) Develop Your Core

A strong core (the muscles that make up your abdominals and lower back) will make everyday activities, such as lifting and doing chores, much easier. It can also keep your back healthy and pain-free.

5) Do Activities You Enjoy

Choose activities that you really enjoy and look forward to doing. If you don’t like running, then try walking, dancing or cycling. Not so keen on going to the gym to do weight training? Try working out at home using body-weight exercises. You are more likely to stick with an exercise routine you enjoy.

6) Wear the Right Shoes for the Right Activity

Wearing the wrong shoes (e.g., hard-soled shoes for running) may increase your chances of suffering an injury. The right shoes can make all the difference to your enjoyment of your chosen exercise by making sure you are comfortable.

7) Drink Plenty of Water

When we get exercise, we produce sweat to keep us cool. It’s very important to replace this lost moisture by drinking plenty of water. Aim for six to eight tall glasses a day, plus extra if you are exercising hard, to avoid becoming dehydrated.

8) Eat Plenty of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and fiber, all of which are vital to your health. Cutting down on sugary processed foods and eating more fruits and vegetables will mean you are likely to get even more benefits from your exercise.

9) Exercise with Friends and Family

Make fitness a family affair and make exercise sociable. Working out with other people can be a real joy and increase your motivation and exercise adherence.

10) Set Fitness Goals

Training without a defined purpose may cause you to lose motivation, so try setting some goals to keep you focused. Make your goals personal and time-bound to help keep your efforts on track.

About this Author

Patrick Dale is an experienced writer who has written for a plethora of international publications. Also a lecturer and trainer of trainers, he is a major contributor for Ultra-FIT magazine and has been involved in fitness for 22 years. Other than a five-year service in the Royal Marines, Dale has always worked in health and fitness and never intends leaving.