Are you ready to get in shape? There is no better time than the present. Keep reading Andrew Hoffman’s guest article to find out all you need to know to get active the right way and approximately how long you should keep it up before you see results!
While it can be a daunting prospect, fitness is important, and it only gets harder as time passes if you don’t make crucial lifestyle changes now. Alongside proper sleeping and eating habits, exercise is absolutely essential if you want to be truly healthy.
If you stay focused, you should start noticing changes in a few weeks, and within 1-3 months you should see clear results. Of course, the time it takes varies depending on a person’s previous lifestyle habits, as well as their daily regimen.
First, you need to get active. This can be difficult, especially if you have gone through a period of inactivity, but it must be done. Even if you just go for a walk around the block, you need to get your heart pumping. If you are committed to getting in shape, you are going to need to exercise on a daily basis. You may want to consider investing in exercise bikes, a gym membership, running shoes, sports nutrition supplements and any other equipment that will improve your daily workout.
In order to keep your heart healthy, burn calories, and regulate your blood pressure, you need to do cardiovascular exercises. Some of the most popular options include swimming, running, jogging, and biking. Exercise bikes are perfect for home use, as they allow you to perform a rigorous workout conveniently from the comfort of your own home. You can also consider joining a sports league, going out jogging with a friend, or finding some sort of hobby that keeps you active. Remember, exercising can be fun!
Lifting weights can be an effective way to lose weight and tone your body. When it comes to weights, you should start small. Set realistic, achievable goals for yourself, and then move on once you are comfortable with surpassing them. You may want to speak to a professional about proper techniques. Always start slowly, and before you do any heavy lifting, stretch *warm* muscles thoroughly. Your muscles should feel fatigued at the end of the workout, but don’t take it too far. Consider taking workout recovery drinks which can add yet another phase to your performance enhancement right after you finish an intensive workout. It is easy to overdo weight training, so err on the side of caution.
Other Factors to Consider
Besides regular exercise, you need to embrace better sleeping and eating habits. Try to follow a consistent sleep schedule, and try to get around 8 hours of sleep every night. Portion your meals smaller, and avoid foods with hydrogenated fats or oils. Eat balanced meals that contain fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. If excessive eating is a problem for you, speak to a dietitian or health care professional about making changes. On average, burning 500 more calories than you consume each day will cause you to lose 1-2 pounds every week. Try to track your calories, and do more exercise to compensate.
Make a Change Today
Taking even just a small step today means a better tomorrow. Go sign up for a Spinning class at your local gym. Invest in an exercise bike or some other home exercise equipment. Throw out the junk food in your kitchen, and make yourself a healthy meal. It is up to you to find that motivation and determination inside within yourself and that starts right now. Start your journey to a healthier lifestyle today!
About the Author
Andrew Hoffman is a freelance writer and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, CA. He has written for a wealth of high-profile clients including Demand Media. In his spare time, he enjoys physical fitness, gardening, and interior design. You can get in touch with him on Google+.
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