One of the crucial things to do when you’re trying to lose weight is to start getting active. In this article, I will explain why getting active would be great for your health, as well as explaining how you can put this into practice. This will give you the best chance of not giving up. To do this you need to have the time and the energy to get moving. The trouble with the modern world is the human race have become very lazy when it comes to exercise.
With the ability to order pretty much anything online it is often difficult to even find a reason to leave the house, and while having these resources at our disposal is extremely convenient, it just doesn’t do us any good for our health. We are not using our bodies to their full potential when we lack good activity in our day to day lives.
When you’ve gotten yourself into an inactive routine it can be a really difficult to start making positive changes, and you will most likely find it very challenging to start with. This is because your body is not used to what you’re doing, it takes time. If you’ve just started going to the gym after a few years of little exercise, then don’t expect to be able to do a 40-minute jog on a treadmill without a real struggle.
There is no shame in this either, it takes some people years of hard training to really get themselves to peak fitness, but that may not necessarily be what you are aiming for. You might just want to get yourself more active, in which case there is no need to be jumping in at the deep end and over committing. This would likely cause most people to give up too soon.
Why would exercising benefit you? Well, your body needs to be worked, muscles will not work at full potential if they are not trained regularly. This is why it would be great if you could create an exercise plan that would train the majority your muscles separately. You don’t really want to be doing everything in one go unless you’re happy to deal with some serious discomfort the next day. So spread it out. If you’re are going to work out three days a week, do one day for upper body, one for lower body. Then maybe a day of some cardio and stretching.
If you’d like to know more about creating an exercise plan then have a read of my article on the subject, which you can read by clicking here.
Following on from that some of you may wonder if cardio is an important part of exercising. In my opinion, it is the most important and is something you really must do. Not only is it a great way to burn away the calories but it works out your most important muscle, your heart.
Cardio will get your blood flowing around your body by increasing your heart rate, which in turn will deliver much-needed oxygen to your muscles while you work out. With cardio exercise, you do need to watch your heart rate. I will be writing an article soon on monitoring heart rates and will update this post with a link when its
The other main form of exercise is called resistance training. This works by doing exactly what it says. You work out your muscles by lifting, pulling or pushing against some form of resistance. Most commonly this would be by lifting weights. This isn’t going to burn as many calories as cardio exercise will, so it’s not the best exercise for weight loss. Resistance training will help to tone and strengthen your muscles. If you want a six pack or some big biceps, then you will need to do some form of resistance training in your routine.
How then, do you start getting active?
Don’t run before you can walk as they say. Getting active takes time. If you go rushing into intense workouts too quickly you will only end up over doing it, which could end up causing yourself to become fatigued or possibly lead to injury, which wouldn’t exactly be the best way to start. You need to build yourself up to that level, it’s the safest and least intense way to raise your ability. The idea is that you increase your stamina and potential. To begin with start your day with some stretches. Then a short 10-15 minute cardio workout.
Go at your own pace and watch your form when completely the exercises. Doing 10 sit ups with the correct form will benefit you a lot more than doing 20 with poor form.
Set yourself realistic goals.
It’s always a good idea to keep in mind what you’re aiming for in terms of exercise. Setting realistic goals is a great way to continue getting active without getting disheartened. For example, you may only be able to jog for 5 minutes, but you want to build this up to a 30-minute jog. Then set yourself a goal to build this at a slow place. Try jogging for an extra few minutes every week. If you get to a week where you can’t do the extra time well, just repeat the previous week until you can push it that bit further.
Doing this with any type of exercise is a great way of keeping track of your progress. It’s good to see how much further you have to go. Most people would probably agree that this is the best method. Some people out there manage to do the intense exercises straight away. However, I wouldn’t personally recommend doing it that way.
Participate with other people.
This is a great way to get more from exercising and to keep motivated, and it’s easier than ever these days to find someone to exercise with. For example, most gyms these days have great group sessions that you can get involved in, this makes exercising a lot more enjoyable when you are sharing the experience with others. If you’re not a member of a gym, then see if one of your friends or your partner wants to start losing weight as well. Ask them if they want to join a gym with you or even do home workouts with you. Having someone as a gym buddy or fitness pal can really help.
There’s no need to start getting active on your own. Also having a friendly, competitive companion is a great way to stay motivated and may just give you that extra boost.
Don’t get disheartened.
It can be very difficult to get motivated if you’re watching people who are in better shape. If they’re making exercises you struggle with look easy. Just remember that everyone had to start somewhere while getting active. There would have been a time when they wouldn’t have been able to lift the weights you’re trying to lift. Don’t let things like that get in the way of what you want to achieve. This is about you, after all, stay positive. I say this because I strongly believe that positivity is the key to success in exercise. Or even life for that matter. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body. Getting active will help you towards a healthy mind and body.
Get a dog.
This may sound like a strange suggestion but having a dog can provide so many benefits. Not only is a dog a great companion for the whole family. They also provide a brilliant excuse to get out of the house. Dogs pretty much force you to be getting active.
Dogs need walking the same as us. Use this as a reason to get up early before going to work and take your dog for a half an hour walk. If you don’t have time in the morning do this in the evening instead. Not only will doing this improve your fitness but it also gives you a bit of time to yourself to unwind. As an added bonus young puppies will require a lot of energy on your part. Chasing after them is sure to burn some calories.
Start getting active with the kids.
If you have children I’m sure that your aware that they have a lot of energy. Well, use that to your advantage. Do activities with them in the summer holidays. Go and have a game of football over the park, take them to places that both you and them can really burn off some energy. Another idea is that you and your children could ride your bicycles together on the way to and from school.
The possibilities are endless with children. They will love the extra time you spend with them and you will benefit from being more active. Plus the bonus of having a longer night’s sleep with shattered kids. It’s a really good way to get fit as well as building a great family relationship.
Those are some tips that will hopefully be useful to you. Maybe they’ll spark off some great ideas of your own. Doing these simple things is sure to help you to start getting active. Use this advice with a healthy diet and you will soon start to notice the difference in your body. You may even notice some positive changes in your lifestyle too.
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Author: James Burch
James is a health and fitness enthusiast who loves to try and help people. He writes from both knowledge and experience to give people guidance in all areas of health and fitness.