Get Fit the Right Way

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Losing weight is not about starving yourself or exercising to the point that you can no longer stand. Instead, focusing on losing weight and how much, you need to focus on becoming healthy and fit. This type of mindset will help you stay motivated, allow you to continue after you have lost weight, and give you an overall positive outlook on the venture you are about to begin.

Implementing a personal fitness program does not mean that you should spend hundreds of dollars on a gym membership or on personal gym equipment. Anyone can participate in an effective personal fitness program regardless of how tight your budget might be. As long as you are implementing cardiovascular exercise, stretching, and strength training – you are will be in good shape in no time at all.

Cardiovascular exercise is exercise that raises your heart rate and forces you to breathe a bit deeper and harder than normal. Some examples are walking, jogging, running, riding a bike, swimming – well you get the idea. It is important to raise your heart rate – in this manner – for around 20 minutes a day. Cardio workouts increase the amount of oxygen that flows through your blood stream, in turn, benefiting you in many different physical avenues.
Strength training is also important to your overall health.

Strength training exercises not only increase your overall muscle mass, but also make your muscles leaner. Lean muscles burn fat at an amazing rate, helping you maintain or lose weight. If you do not have access to a weight machine, free weights work just fine. (Alternatives are easily found at fitness stores.) Just make sure that you work out each muscle group – on alternating days – and don’t forget your core (abs) as these are some of the most important muscle groups in your body.

Stretching is the only way to rejuvenate your muscles before and after you work out. You can do your cardio and strength training to no prevail if you do not stretch. Stretching prior to your workout warms you muscles up and gets them ready and helps to make your workout smooth. Stretching after a workout helps to repair your muscles. Stretching is also important for circulation, joint movement, and flexibility.

All of these exercises can be done at your home or around your neighborhood; there is no need to spend money on a gym or expensive equipment – unless you want to of course. For your cardio routine you need a good pair of shoes – if you’re running, walking, or jogging that is. Strength training routines would consist of some free weights or even homemade weights will work. As for stretching, all you need is you and a wall.

Implementing a personal fitness program – as you can see – is fairly simple. If you are about to embark on this venture, make sure you implement each piece as each has its own unique role in your overall physique. Remember, this is not about losing weight, it is about becoming healthy – losing weight, and becoming fit are added bonuses!

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