Keeping fit is something many try to achieve; however, reaching and maintaining optimal fitness is not always easy. There are; however, some fitness tips that will help such as exercising to music or playing tag with your children. Other ways to get fit are by doing stretches when waiting in the grocery line. In addition, how about taking to the stairs instead of using the elevator?
Another tip that many engage in everyday is walking. What makes walking so healthy is that you don’t need a gym membership, a DVD workout series or a set of weights. All you need to do is find a good walking area and walk. Of all the exercises, walking is the healthiest and easiest to do. Walking strengthens the legs, provides benefits to the heart, improves circulation, burns calories, reduces stress, improves digestion, gives a boost to your immune system and in some cases eases, eases arthritis pain. Start out small; say 10-15 minutes and then in a few days up it to a half hour. In addition, walking briskly for a half hour, you can burn up to 200 calories.
Of course, we all know how important water is to our bodies; however, water not only hydrates your body, it also improves the texture of the skin, enhances digestion and gets rid of unwanted and accumulated toxins. We’ve all heard the words, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Actually, this is a true saying. Apples are loaded with antioxidants; this in turn helps to enhance intestinal elimination and apples also have vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy. Most importantly, eating an apple or two a day can be a great substitute for cookies and other snacks; which will help you stay on your diet.
Fitness workouts can be tedious and challenging; however, to make those workouts go better, break them up. Break your workouts into small pieces. Try working out five or ten minutes at one time and then do another five or ten later on. Stretching is another great way to stay fit. Stretching also makes your body more flexible, improves posture, and relieves muscle tension. In addition, if you are looking for faster results with your fitness program, pair your cardio workout with weight resistance. For example, when pedaling on an exercise bike, practice some overhead triceps extension. Or, when you are walking on the treadmill, do some shoulder presses.
Staying fit not only makes you feel and look good; it also decreases the risk of disease, helps you sleep better, help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, prevents injuries, increase your mental and social well-being and may prevent serious health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer and obesity.
To conclude, keeping fit is something many want to do; however, reaching the goal of fitness is not always easy and sometimes requires too much effort. To ensure that your fitness goals are reached, try one or more of the above activities and enjoy better health!