Some Tips To Get You Back In Shape With The Body You Used To Have
Many people stop paying attention to fitness as they get older and their fitness goals begin to slip away. Having
to cope with a family and a career often overshadows other physical activities like working out, and are put farther down the list, after things like their job, spouse and kids.
When you were a teenager, you felt great, but now your fitness level is low and you are unhappy with the shape of your body, your sagging flesh and ungainly bulges. You canâ€™t even walk up the steps at work or at home (thank heavens for elevators!) without gasping for breath and your chest bursting.
However, if you are tired of the way you feel and look, and want to get back to fitness and health, you can do so
if you are prepared to follow the advice below. By breaking the cycle of activities in your present lifestyle and embarking on a new routine using these tips, you could be back in good shape in no time.
Many forms of exercises are suggested below. You do not have to(and cannot really!) undertake them all. You would probably have neither the time nor energy to consistently perform all the various routines which would be required if you tried do so. Pick an activity, a â€œmixâ€ or set of those which are to form your routine workout. However, you should not just stick to one kind of activity, apply others alternately as well. This is called â€œcross trainingâ€ and is highly recommended.
At first, motivation will be a problem and you need to find something to help with this. A great motivator is to
put an old picture of yourself from when you were young, fit and much healthier. This can be your â€œafterâ€ state and can make you feel that what you are now doing can become a reality â€“ that lovely and fit looking body was really once yours!
Seeing this on your fridge or by the door on your way out to exercise will help to remind you what all of the seemingly hard work (it really is not â€“ just a shift of focus and energy!) that you are about to undertake, will be working towards. These pictures can be a great reminder of how far you have come away from that and, where you can again be with your â€œhardâ€ work.
If you are intent on losing weight and looking for a new way to stay motivated as you work to lose weight, try using photos taken before (now â€“ the â€œbeforeâ€!) you started your new fitness regimen. These pictures will serve to
remind you that there can be no stopping. Think of just how much effort would be lost if at any time later you abandoned your pursuit to regain your body of earlier times!
You must also realize and accept that in order to achieve great results, you have to make a very conscious effort
to get rid of those bad habits (you know them well!) that you used to have before, like eating junk food, smoking,etc. You are going to set up an exercise regimen and failure to adhere to your program will increase your risk of reverting back to these unhealthy habits.
In the beginning, purchase work out clothes that are comfortable and make you feel confident. Confidence is the key to getting a good workout and you will feel more confident in working out if you have clothes that flatter
your body. Making yourself happy in small ways will make a big difference in losing weight and once again becoming fit and slim; so splurge a little on workout clothes you like. Be individualistic and choose fun designs that project and showcase your own sense of fashion.
It is also very important before starting out on your fitness routine, that you make a plan and go for it. If you are planning to get fit, you must first choose what you want to achieve. Set your fitness goals and start making them happen! If you make up your mind about exactly what you wish to accomplish, it becomes less of a struggle to work towards your fitness goals and to see them through.
When you make your fitness goals, be sure that they are ones to which you are dedicated, and which you can really achieve. If you can win the mental battle, then you can win the fitness battle. Start small by making easy changes. Do not make your goals too arduous that you risk not achieving them as this can be a big turn off. Succeeding, even at small challenges, will build your confidence and motivation.
Accept the fact that after years of almost complete neglect, your overall fitness will not happen over-night. Keep taking gradual steps to improve your lifestyle and these accomplishments will add up towards your overall goal of fitness and health and becoming fit and slim.
Planning an exercise routine for the morning and working out then, can be effective and is often the best way to begin your day. If your work leaves you exhausted, getting your workout in before work makes it less likely that you will skip workouts as this way, your workout for the day is already completed by the time you step out of the office. You will be feeling more vibrant and alive, and it will help you feel more alert throughout the day.
After years of disuse of some muscles, do not start off by putting undue stress on them as this could cause serious injury. Expect some soreness and pain but these will gradually go away. However, if you have been overdoing it and injured yourself, the pain will not so easily go away. Although it may cause initial discomfort, it is good to exercise an injured muscle once you have been cleared to do so. If you do not, you will only cause your muscles to tighten.
You must be very careful and take precautions when you consider exercising an injured muscle. You should begin by gently stretching the muscle without causing further injury. It is unnecessary and even dangerous to do intense exercise while you are in pain. Exercise slowly and put ice on your injury when you are finished. Failure to do so may result in tightening of other muscles that will set your fitness routine back. Be careful not to do too intense of a workout to prevent against further injury. Start slowly and work up to your usual workout regimen.
Do not allow your dislike for certain exercises to keep you from attempting them. Often times, the exercises you
do not like to do are the ones that are the best for you. The reason you probably do not like them might not be the fact that they are difficult, but that you are not applying the proper technique. Get professional advice on this and keep trying them.
Like many things seemingly difficult and uncomfortable in life, you just might need a little practice at them .If you continue to try and develop the proper exercise techniques, you may find that you enjoy the exercises after all. Your accomplishment of this will facilitate the achievement of your goals and make you proud of yourself. In the end you will give no thought to your dislike and will not even remember a time when you could not do them!
One key component of your fitness routine will be cardio training as this is considered to be one of the most effective ways to get in shape and stay in shape. Cardiovascular exercise is any exercise which raises heart rate as well as breathing rate and it is important to include cardio workouts into your exercise routines as it helps your body burn fat and improves your overall fitness level. Cardiovascular training however should not make up your entire fitness program although working out through cardio training can offer fantastic results.
Swimming is by far and away one of the best ways to increase physical fitness and health, lose weight and become fit and slim. It is therefore an ideal exercise for anybody looking to achieve overall fitness. If this exercise
form is done correctly, swimming can burn more calories than almost any other exercise. Because swimming happens underwater, internal (body) temperature is not a problem when swimming for exercise. Therefore, swimmers are less likely to overheat when compared to athletes in other sports who work out for long periods of time.
Running is also one of the best forms of exercise to lose weight and become fit and slim. This should be one of
the prime options for you and you should therefore give this undertaking very serious consideration. However, running as an exercise of choice and the many health benefits which you can derive from this form of exercise, have been extensively discussed elsewhere on this site and will not be further elaborated on here.
It will nevertheless be noted at this point that a good move would be to join a nearby social club with a running group. Such groups are mostly well organized and this will take care of your problems such as workout times, routes, motivation, etc. You will also be able to get practical advice on critical issues such as your running shoes, dieting and so on.
Treadmills also provide options to exercise, raise your fitness and health level and get that slim and fit body back. However this option will not be further discussed here as the many advantages of this equipment has been elucidated elsewhere on this site. The cost of many of these however, can be high and this might prove a disincentive to many.
Cycling is also an exercise of note for your getting in shape campaign. It is an easy and convenient cardio
exercise, getting your heart and lungs to a high level of cardio-respiratory fitness and can be done any time of the day. You can burn a lot of calories very easily. It can be also a very enjoyable undertaking, providing opportunities to get some fresh air, bask in warm weather and possibly view some fantastic scenery. For those who do not like walking, jogging or running, cycling for exercise can provide a good alternative. Joining a cycling club is an excellent move!
Consider purchasing some dumbbells and leg weights for daily use to boost your fitness activities. You can build
up and strengthen your leg muscles by doing standard leg crunches in reverse. Lunges will also help to build the muscles in the legs, like the quadriceps and hamstrings. Lunges will help you lose weight and increase your fitness level.
Working on your chest muscles can help you maintain proper form during your exercise. However, do not work out the chest exclusively, or its muscles may grow out of proportion with the rest of the body. You must undertake a balanced workout program which should include exercises that target all muscle groups, including the chest.
Instead of just pushing some objects along as you often do in daily activities, try lifting them or employing other objects you can lift as means to achieve your purpose. Muscles are built and toned after being used to carry or lift objects, and this muscle activity also causes your metabolism to work harder.
Grab a shopping basket at the grocery store instead of pushing a cart, for instance. You can increase the fitness requirements of even the most mundane daily chores by carrying around a few extra pounds. These weights can help you build muscle while you shop or run errands.
Proper DIETING is essential for any exercise undertaking. Without sufficient nutrition, your efforts to get fit
will likely be severely impeded. Proper health foods and diet recipes are readily available in relevant publications as well as on the internet. This aspect of exercise has also been extensively discussed elsewhere on this site and therefore the matter of proper dieting will not be further elaborated on here.
You will be advised here however, to take supplements when you are on a fitness plan, especially if you believe
you might be deficient in nutrients. You may find that it is beneficial to add multivitamins, fish oil capsules or vitamin D3 to help get the most out of your fitness plan. These can help to complete your nutrition and will also boost your energy levels, making working oust less of a chore.
Hydration is most important to the bodyâ€™s overall health and general fitness. Hence if you want to maintain a high
level of fitness, you must be properly hydrated at all times. Take a bottle of water with you to your workout location to monitor and control your fluid intake, as depending on the conditions, exercise can rapidly deplete the fluids in your body, with serious consequences not only for your workout, but for your health and wellbeing. By drinking just water and eliminating other drinks, many people have been found to have actually lost weight.
Do not let age prevent you from getting in shape. Your age has no bearing on whether you are able to stay
physically fit or not. Fitness is a vital part of a healthy existence and is just as important for seniors as it is for teens and young adults. You can get fit at any age if you get into a fitness program and stick to it. Being in good physical shape at any age can change your whole life for the better.
These tips will help you to get back into shape and be able to maintain a high level of fitness and health. Becoming fit and slim and once again be able to fit comfortably and snugly into those slim fit garments, are well within your capability. All that is required is a degree of motivation, dedication, patience, hard work and an action plan. These are important things which people normally take into full and careful consideration when they undertake the important things in their lives.
Having applied these qualities to and succeeded in other areas of your life, there is no reason why you cannot now succeed in â€œregeneratingâ€ your body, and for example, lose at least some of those many extra pounds you are
probably carrying around â€“ and for no good purpose â€“ certainly not for your health! Instead of just being despondent and defeatist about your â€œdegradedâ€ physique, instead of just letting things â€œrideâ€ and slipping into even further decay of your fitness and health. Take some action NOW!
The longer you wait to take some of the necessary counter measures against this insidious process of decay, the more difficult if becomes to halt much less reverse the process. Adopt a positive frame of mind and move forward with your plans and exercise routines. You will undoubtedly achieve your goal of having a terrific body and comfortably and happily get back to some of those glory days of fitness and health!