Overall fitness is not a single state of being but rather a lifestyle. You do not simply achieve the definition of “fit” or “healthy” and then revert to eating five thousand calories a day and spending all of your free time on the couch watching reality television.
This means that when you are exercising or eating, you should keep your fitness goals in mind at all times. Is what you’re doing helping or hurting your progress? Often times, just a few mistakes or missteps can erase months of hard work.
Perhaps you are focusing on the wrong areas and not achieving the gains that you can. Proper exercise and nutrition are also about efficiency. Listed below are some fitness tips that will keep you from losing your gains and enhance your workout sessions tremendously.
Physical Fitness Tips: Exercise
Address your weaknesses. Often times, you may plateau on one muscle group because an adjoining one is lacking. Don’t just work your upper body. Work your core and your lower body too. No section of your physique is an island. Rather, your skeleto-muscular system is a complex network of interlocking joints, muscles, and bones. An improvement in any segment will pay off in the long run.
This also applies for cardiovascular exercise. Don’t just do mild/medium/high intensity exercise. You can focus primarily on one if you wish, but make sure that you are capable of performing both high and low intensity cardio. This means that if you are trying to lose weight, don’t just run on the treadmill at a slow pace for an hour.
Rather, spend periods sprinting or jogging at a brisk pace. Your body will actually shed more fat through this process than it would if you spent the same amount of time or energy only focused on one pace.
Warm-up properly and keep your heart rate up throughout. If you’re lifting weights, jog for a bit before you begin. Don’t take breaks that are too long and let your body cool down. Keep your heart pumping vigorously.
Perform compound exercises. No matter your fitness goals, everyone should be doing pushups and pull-ups. They’re great for shedding weight and they attack a wide variety of muscle groups at the same time. A simple set of both can be devastatingly effective at building muscle, and you will make gains in how many you can perform at a rapid rate.
Physical Fitness Tips: Diet
Understand the connection between diet and exercise. If you eat nothing but junk food, you will work out at a sluggish pace. Your body will be struggling to process the food while attempting to maintain a jog on the treadmill, and neither will be performed at optimal capacity.
Eat towards your fitness goals. If you want to put on muscle mass, you will need to eat a lot of protein. This can be as high as a pound of protein for every pound of body weight. If you are looking to lose weight, you will need to cut your calories, but not so much that you can’t perform cardiovascular exercise. Good and sustainable weight loss comes from a combination of both diet and exercise and not just one of the two.