These days, it can be difficult getting started with a health and fitness program that is right for you. With so many options to choose from, it is important to select one that will help you make the changes you desire. Whether your goal is to lose a few pounds and fit into your favorite pair of jeans or increase your stamina to keep up with daily responsibilities, you should choose an activity that will not only help you achieve your goal, but also one that you enjoy.
A few of the most popular activities, perfect for participants of all fitness levels, are available to you at most gyms. Yoga and Pilates are excellent choices for improving overall strength and flexibility. Cardio-kickboxing and indoor cycling (a.k.a. Spinning) are great calorie burning excercises that are perfect to help shed those unwanted pounds. If the gym isn’t for you, running and walking are activities that are excellent for improving fitness levels without the monthly fees. Put the baby in a stroller, a leash on the dog, or enlist a buddy to share a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
In addition to cardiovascular training, it is important to include resistance training into any fitness routine. When you incorporate resistance training, you promote improved bone health, which is especially important for women. Resistance training will also increase your lean muscle mass, in turn boosting your metabolism and enabling you to burn more calories, even at rest. A body sculpting class, an in-home strength training video, or a personal trainer are just a few options to get you started.
The most important part of any choice you make is to begin slowly and build your momentum; remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Starting to exercise is the first step to change, and consistency is the second. A great way to stay on track is to exercise with a friend who will help to keep you motivated and stay on your path to success. With a proper exercise program and healthy eating habits, a new you could be right around the corner.
Please note: Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.