Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Physical fitness is vitally important for longevity and quality of life. If your fitness level is high, it makes a big difference in your ability to ward off disease and infirmity. Plus, daily life is more joyful when you're able to take advantage of all it has to offer! Think of your physical fitness as being a long game. Consistency is a good goal; perfection is impossible. To help you on your way to a sustainable life of fitness, keep these tips in mind.
1. Consider Your Nutrition
Good nutrition will support the benefits of your fitness regimen. It's a synergistic process. Take stock of how you're eating now, and what your goals are. Design an eating plan that's pleasurable and that you're likely to stick with.
Prioritize a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, healthy protein and fats, and sufficient fiber. Cut down on sugar and processed foods as much as you can. Thinking about taking supplements that can help support your nutritional status? Try a search using terms such as collagen protein to find high-quality products.
2. Get an Assessment
It's an excellent idea to get a thorough evaluation from your medical provider before embarking on a new fitness program. Your healthcare professional knows your history and any limitations and can make recommendations based on your current health status.
Once you've gotten clearance, consider a few sessions with a certified trainer. It's a fun way to get started and will help you incorporate cardiovascular, agility, strength, and flexibility training effectively.
3. Don't Overtrain
One of the most important things to watch out for: Don't overtrain! Injuries and fatigue from overtraining can sideline you for weeks if not longer. While you should feel a good healthy sensation when you exercise, avoid sharp pain. If you're increasing steps, miles, or reps, do it gradually. Your fitness program should be fun — not a source of constant discomfort.
4. Focus on Fun
Speaking of fun, include fun activities in your fitness plan! Dancing, hiking, outdoor games, and beach walking are some of the pleasurable things you can do. Explore new areas of town. Try gardening. Take the stairs. You get the idea. Simply working in more functional movement during the day is an important way to stay fit. The change is good for your body, too.
5. Know Yourself
It's a constructive exercise in self-knowledge and self-care to be aware of what your personal fitness needs are and what you need to do to stay consistent. Feeling a little burned out? Take a few days to try something totally different. Are you occasionally hyper-stimulated after your workout? Consider some gentle yoga stretches. Bored with your hydration situation? Get a new water bottle and flavor the water differently.
6. Seek Support
Support for your fitness goals can come in many forms. You might find a class that's a perfect fit, or a trainer who inspires and excites you. Often, you can find community walking, running, and biking groups that are continuously on the lookout for new members. Need to shake off the dust of the week? Most decent-sized cities have weekend expressive dance parties that bring joy and a feeling of community cohesion to attendees.
7. Change as You Change
As you get older, your exercise needs will change. It'll be more important than ever to focus on safety, flexibility, and maintaining muscle mass and bone density. Gentle stretching is more important than ever. Also, you may experience limitations that require you to modify parts of your workout routine. This is completely normal and not a cause for concern.
It's wise to be sure that your trainer is up-to-date on best practices for people your age, so they can help you effectively. Consider an exercise regimen that takes into account your changing metabolism. A sustainable, well-rounded, flexible fitness system will serve you well in the long run. Try these tips to stay fit, vibrant, and safe.
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Finnegan Pierson loves business and has a passion for Health and technology. Even more interesting is the combination of the two. As a freelance writer, Finn hopes to influence others so they can have positive life experiences.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.