Being fit is not just about boasting a six pack or a shapely pair of legs. Being fit as well as maintaining your fitness levels means, among others, that you keep your lungs and heart in good working order. In addition, being fit means ensuring that you maintain a good level of flexibility so that you don’t end up feeling like you’re 75, when you’re only 30, because your body is so stiff!
There are different types of fitness. These are, for example: cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength as well as flexibility. To maintain these different levels of fitness there are certain activities that you need to perform on a regular basis.
To be aerobically fit means that you’re able to use the oxygen that you breathe in, in an efficient manner. The fitter you are aerobically, the better you’ll be able to exercise. Aerobic fitness entails that your heart and lungs are super strong and can pump oxygen to where it needs to be in your body.
Examples of aerobic exercise includes:
- Swimming, and
A fabulous exercise that helps you to develop as well as maintain cardiovascular fitness, in addition to developing muscle strength and endurance, is working out with kettlebells. Kettlebell workouts are well known for their calorie-burning properties and they are also great to do if you have a limited amount of time. This is because one 20 minute kettlebell session you can get a strength and cardio workout rolled into one!
To maintain muscular strength, what you need to do is to perform resistance exercises. How these work is that while you’re exercising you resist against an external force in order to develop your muscles.
The most widely known form of resistance training is weight lifting. During this activity, you’ll use either weight machines or free weights to whip your muscles into shape. How this is done is that during the exercise, your muscle fibres tear microscopically. After your session, they rebuild themselves and so get stronger.
As the main constituent of muscles is protein, in order for your muscles to rebuild stronger and bigger, it’s recommended that you take in protein – either through a protein shake or foods such as eggs or lean chicken breasts – to facilitate muscle regrowth and regeneration.
You can also develop your muscular strength with Pilates. Instead of using weights, this exercise modality uses your body weight and simple exercise tools such as the exercise ball and theraband to give your muscles a workout and help you develop the muscular strength that you need.
Maintaining flexibility within our bodies, especially during later life, helps with maintaining our joints’ range of motion. The more that we’re able to maintain flexibility, the less susceptible we’ll be to diseases such as arthritis.
One of best ways of keeping flexible is by doing Yoga. Trusted for centuries, one of the foundations of Yoga practice are the poses that students need to adopt during the class. (In Sanskrit, these positions are called asanas.) Students will need to hold these poses for a particular period of time. The more flexible students will be able to hold the asanas for longer than newbie practitioners.
You can adopt the three methods above to maintain your health and fitness. However, you won’t reach the pinnacle of your wellness unless you adopt the fitness lifestyle to go with your new habits. For example, you won’t be truly aerobically fit if you smoke. Unless you eat cleanly, you won’t experience the muscle definition that you know you can.
Fitness is a lifestyle choice. You must go into it because you want to and not because other people tell you that you must do it. Because if you become fit and healthy because others tell you that you must, chances are very good that you won’t stay on this path. The choice is yours…
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