10 Easy Tips On How to Become Fit

Image via Wikipedia

If you genuinely have decided to take care of your body and become fit it is mandatory that you do it the right way. Here are 10 tips to become fit and sustain a healthy lifestyle the smart way.

1. Start Walking Then Jogging

Walking as well as jogging are both great ways to become fit. You can start with walking in your neighbourhood, in the woods, on the beach or wherever you want for an hour three times per week, then gradually jogg in between. Walking and jogging has many benefits, such as

  • making you less stressful
  • increasing your lung capability
  • strenghtening your heart
  • toning your muscles
  • giving you a better and healthier look
  • warning: training is highly addictive!

2. Go to a Gym or a Fitness Center

Going regularly to a gym or getting a membership in a fitness center makes it easier to stay motivated when working out. In a fitness center you train together with other people with the same goal as you and this will boost your inspiration and encouragement to continue when the hard time comes. In addition you will work out with modern and up-to-date training equipment and last but not lease a qualified staff of workout experts being there for you.

3. Do Resistance Training

It is wise to add resistance to your exercise routine, for example with rubber bands or similar devices made particularly to work with your isometrics. This way, your workout will be more effective and yield better results.

4. Develop Tight Muscles

Aerobic exercises like walking and jogging are great and necessary when you want to become fit. It is also important to develop your lean muscle, which can be done with weight training. This will not only develop your muscles and build a great shaped body but also balance out your workout routine, thus making your fitness better rounded. Go to a gym and get advice from a trainer to put together a training program that makes sense for you.

5. Do Abdominal Crunches

Heard about six-pack abs? It’s an ideal for many, but even if this is not your goal you can start some exercises to get your ab in a better shape. Ab crunches are the simple and are the most common way to develop ab muscle. You don’t need any equipment and you can do it wherever you are. If you didn’t already know it, here is what you do:

- lay down with the back on the floor with bended knees
- keep your feet flat on the floor
- cross your hands across your chest
- curl your torso, rolling from your sternum toward your hips

You should start up slowly with 10 crunches with 3 repetitions. Put another way; do ten ab crunches, then wait a minute and do 10 more, wait another minute, and do the final 10 crunches. After a while, increase both the number of sets as well as repetitions slowly.

6. Do Squats

Squats are another simple to do exercise with splendid results for your calves, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Here’s what you do:

- stand with your feet spread apart about two feet
- bend your knees a little
- start squatting toward the floor very smoothly without going all the way down.

This is a hard exercise because it involves large muscle groups (such as you thigh muscles) so start slowly with few reps and gradually increase speed and reps. Why not utilize free time to do squats? For example, every half hour no matter what you are doing. You can do it anywhere and after a while you will start to experience the benefits of this maybe most effective exercise I know.

7. Do Triceps Press

Your arm muscles especially your triceps have to be developed too, and this is perhaps the part of strength training most people are focusing on. Maybe it’s because the result of this training is so visible. Here is what you do:

- stand on the floor with your feet two feet apart
- bend your knees slightly
- lift your arms and extend them over your head
- lock your elbows
- lower your hands behind your head very slowly.

Use weights with this exercise. Start with one pound and increase gradually to five pounds. If you don’t have weights make yourself weights by filling small stones or whatever you want in bags, weigh them and label each bag according to their weight.

8. Eat More Protein, but balance your meals

People who are exercising need more protein than people who don’t. The common recommendations are:

- protein: 20%-25%
- carbs: 50%-60% carbohydrates
- fat: 20% or less

9. Before You Start, Set Your Goals

It’s important that you set several short termed, reachable and realistic goals instead of one unrealistic and long-termed. The best is to have both short term and long term goals. Break your long term goal in partial goals of four weeks each. Then you will see the results of your training often enough to keep you motivated.

10. Track Your Progress

As you have already seen above, it is meaningless to work toward a goal without tracking your progress. There are lots of things you can measure, such as your weight, your calorie loss, your muscle size, your waist line, your body’s fat percentage etc. etc. There are three areas you should track:

- Your measures already mentioned above. Figure out which measures are important and measurable for you
- Your routines. You need to find out if your routines give the results you want and adjust them if not.
- The most important measure and the least measurable in tangible terms is how you feel; ask yourself: “Am I feeling better, the same or worse?”

I can virtually guarantee you that if you consistently follow these tips; you’ll be amazed of how much better you feel just after a few weeks.