10 Fitness Tips for Better Health
More than any other time in history, people are all trying
to have the best, healthiest body possible. The health and fitness
industries are making billions of dollars every year on herbal
supplements, fitness equipment, gyms, and special diets. If
you watch TV or read magazines, there is always some intriguing
commercial asking for money to help you get into shape.
Now that you have made a commitment to take care of your
body, both internal and external, it is critical to your overall
health that you do it the right way. Here are some tips for
both health and fitness that will help you lose weight, discover
ways to maintain a better healthy lifestyle, and be in the best
shape of your life – all the smart way!
When you ask many adults when the last time they rode a bike
is, they cannot answer. Although bicycling is a favorite pastime,
many adults do not take advantage of this great option for exercise.
Not only does bike riding exercise the body and build a stronger
cardiovascular system, it allows you to get out and enjoy nature,
fresh air, and see new sites.
2. Jogging or Walking
Both jogging and walking are GREAT ways to get fit. Not only
do they tone the muscles, relieve stress, create a healthier
heart, and improve lung capability, they make you look wonderful,
which in turns helps you get excited about doing other exercise
Swimming is an excellent way to get into and stay in shape.
If you do not own a pool, many high schools have aquatic centers,
or there is always the YWCA or YMCA, or your local gym. Many
offer water aerobic classes that will help you tighten your
body, lose weight, and get a good overall workout.
4. Tennis Anyone
Tennis is not only a fun sport, but also a great way to exercise.
You do not have to be a Venice Williams to play; in fact, you
do not even have to be good. Just running after the ball alone
will help get you into shape. This is a great way to strengthen
your cardiovascular system and lose weight. You can find tennis
courts in just about every city and if you would like to play
but have no idea how, lessons are reasonable.
Dancing is so much fun and whether you enjoy a slow, Ballroom
dance or a nightclub packed with people all moving to heart-pumping
techno, as long as you are moving, it really does not matter
what type of dance or music. The whole idea is to move your
body. Dancing has long been recommended as an avenue to fitness.
If you have a VCR or DVD, rather than just using it for your
favorite comedy or action-packed movie, try sticking in some
good workout tapes. Even taking 15 minutes every day to workout
will get you started. Try that for two weeks and you will be
surprised at the results. Once you see that 15 minutes a day
makes a difference, you will be encouraged to increase the time
7. Abdominal Crunches
While you may not end up with a washboard stomach, you can
do some things to get your abdomen in better shape. Crunches
have long been a favorite for many athletes for the very reason
that they work. Lying on your back with knees bent, keeping
feet flat on the floor, cross your hands across your chest and
then curl your torso, rolling from your sternum toward your
hips. Do this slowly and start out with a set of ten crunches
in three reps. In other words, do ten crunches, wait a minute,
do ten more, wait a minute, and then do the final ten. As you
get accustomed to these, you can increase both the number of
sets and reps.
Squats are excellent for glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves.
With your feet standing firm and spread apart about two feet,
bend your knees slightly. Then, very smoothly, you will squat
toward the floor without going all the way down. This usually
takes some practice but within a short period, you will enjoy
9. Tricep Press
Having firm arms is something that many people focus on when
exercising. For an Overhead Tricep Press, standing on the floor
with your feet about two feet apart, knees slightly bent, you
will extend your arms over your head. Keep your elbows locked
and then very slowly lower your hands behind your head. You
want to do this with some type of weight, but small weights
like one to five pounds. If you do not have weights of your
own, you can hold a one-pound of vegetables, which will work
10. Get to the Gym
Working out at home is a good option and for some people,
they are committed enough to actually make it work. However,
for the majority of people wanting to get into shape, the inspiration,
competitiveness, and encouragement received from working out
in a gym is the way to go. Although it will require a small
investment, make the decision to find a gym that offers state-of-the-art
equipment, qualified staff, and fun classes where you can enjoy
By taking care of your body through good health habits and
fitness, you will live a happier, better, and longer life!
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