Well it’s the 2nd week into 2011….what steps have you put towards achieving your goals for 2011?
Last week we discussed 10 reasons why you should get fit for 2011. This week we are discussing 10 ways you can get fit…..
- Incorporate more physical exercise into your daily routine. You’re probably out of shape because you don’t regularly challenge your body to do anything out of the daily range of motion. So start your own exercise regime and stick to it.
- Switch things up. Any physical activity that causes at least a little bit of strain will help you get fit, but it’s important to remember that variety is the spice of life. Keep both your body and your mind guessing by enjoying a diversity of activities and having fun.
- Get a Personal Trainer -Sometimes to get the most out of your training program you need objective advice from a professional. We get very set in our ways and habits, which can be a good thing for consistency. However, it’s hard to make upward progress when you do the same thing week after week, year after year. Following a program written by someone else can take the pressure off and give you new ideas.
- Cross Train -Alternating exercise is a great way to train effectively. Not only do you develop overall muscle conditioning, but you allow muscles to rest and recover without losing your fitness and get a mental boost from alternating activities. Try Get2it’s Bootcamp…..
- Strength Train -Building strength is one of the fastest ways to improve your sports performance and train more efficiently. You can spend hours running, cycling or playing your sport, but a few weight training sessions each week will add strength, power, and help reduce your risk of injury.
- Interval Training -Interval training has been the basis for exercise routines for years. It involves alternating short, fast bursts of intense exercise with slow, easy activity. Interval training works both the aerobic and the anaerobic system, and it results in improved conditioning of the cardiovascular system. It also helps prevent injuries often associated with repetitive exercise by allowing you to increase training intensity without overtraining or burn-out. Try Get2it’s indoor cycling class….
- Get a training buddy..It’s extremely helpful to have support for your training program, whether it’s from training partners, friends or family. But it’s also important to be sure that you follow your own training plan and needs. If you work out with others, be careful that you don’t get sucked into training at their intensity or for their duration. If you scheduled an easy day, but your buddy decides to hammer, you need to let go and follow your plan. All too often training partners can encourage us to over or under train. Do what you need to do for your program.
- Listen to Your Body -Effective training requires you to follow a game plan, but have enough flexibility to alter the plan based on how you feel. If you are tired, ill, stressed, injured, or notice your heart rate is elevated, you need to be able to pay attention to the message these signs are sending. Slowing down, resting, or changing the activity are all appropriate compromises.
- Slow but Steady. Don’t succumb to the weekend warrior syndrome. Try to get some exercise 3-4 times per week on alternate days. One of the best ways to get injured or sore is to go hard all weekend and do nothing during the week.
- Follow a Training Program and Keep Records. If you really want to build back up to optimal fitness, it helps to establish a training plan and stick with it. There are many training programs for all types of sports and having one is not only good motivation, but it helps keep you from doing too much too soon.
BONUS TIP…..remember to make exercise fun.