Its the full flush of spring, and many peoples minds turn toward getting into better shape. But for some people, the thought of getting into the gym, changing their lifestyle routines and spending a lot of time working out seems too daunting.
Why not set realistic goals that you can more easily attain? These five easy fitness tips may not turn you into a rock-solid triathlete, but theyll get you into better shape and will help you feel much better about yourself.
Tip 1: Walk every day
You dont need a gym membership, a set of weights, or the latest Brazilian super workout DVD series to get into better shape. Just get out and walk. Of exercises known, walking is among the healthiest. It strengthens the legs, improves circulation, imparts benefits to the heart, reduces stress, burns calories, improves digestion, enhances immune function, and gives you an opportunity to get outdoors. Im not talking about walking on a treadmill in your living room, but actual walking outside.
If youre not a walker, start with just one mile per day. Thats only 5,280 feet. You can easily walk a mile in fifteen minutes. Can you spare fifteen minutes per day for better fitness and well-being? Sure you can. If youre a walker, take the time for two or more miles per day. No special equipment is required, just a pair of shoes and a place to walk.
Tip 2: Drink water
Remember water? Thats H2O the primary material that makes up our bodies. We are approximately 75 to 80 percent water, and we need it to live. Drinking sodas can destroy your health, contribute to diabetes and obesity and ruin digestion. So-called diet sodas are just as bad and add nothing of benefit to your body. Six to eight glasses of water per day will hydrate you, improve your skin, enhance digestion, aid elimination, and help your body to rid itself of accumulated toxins. So when youre thirsty, drink water.
And not plastic water either. Plastic water bottles contain the toxin bisphenyl A, which leaches into the water. Most tap water in the U.S. is fresh and clean, and cheap. Why pay more for a bottle of water than you do for a comparable amount of gas?
Tip 3: An apple a day
Remember the maxim, An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Its pretty accurate. It turns out that apples are massively high in beneficial antioxidants which protect the cells of your body from premature destruction. The pectin in apples adds bulk to digestion and helps to greatly enhance intestinal elimination. Apples contain natural sugars and are way better for you than an energy drink or a candy bar. Plus, apples contain much-needed vitamins and minerals. Find the apple thats right for you. Like tart flavor? Granny Smith apples are the way to go. Prefer a bit sweeter? Try Fuji or Royal Gala apples. Instead of reaching for an energy drink or a pastry mid afternoon, eat an apple. Your co-workers will ask you what it is. Be a leader.
Tip 4: Park farther from the door and take the stairs
What door? What stairs? Any door, any stairs. When you get to the grocery store, the hardware store, or wherever you are going, let everybody else compete for the front parking spaces, while you park farther away. If you have to go up a couple of stories in a building, take the stairs, instead of an escalator or elevator. Every step in a day makes a positive contribution to your health. Unless you are disabled, there is no good reason to park close or use a people-mover. Get used to the back of the lot and the stairwell, and youll find yourself a lot closer to the front of the pack in terms of fitness.
Tip 5: Be moderate with alcohol
Think of every beer, glass of wine or cocktail as a glass of calories. Sure, a glass of wine with dinner is basically very good for health. But a few cocktails in the course of an evening slow down your metabolism, reduce brain function, and help you to put on weight. Instead of having that next drink, play with your kids, get together with your friends, or take a walk (refer to Tip 1).
Fitness is not something that you accomplish in a short period of time. Instead, fitness is a lifestyle. When you are physically fit, you have more strength, energy, endurance and overall vitality. Being fit enhances mood and reduces mental fog. If you want to feel good and move in a direction of greater fitness, take the above five simple fitness tips to heart and change your life. And when you have these mastered, go for more.
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. He teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Explorer In Residence. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide. Chris is the author of 14 books, including Hot Plants, Tales from the Medicine Trail, Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise, The Whole Food Bible, Psyche Delicacies, and the international best-selling stretching book, The Five Tibetans. Richard Branson features Chris in his new book, Screw Business as Usual. His field research is largely sponsored by Naturex of Avignon, France. Read more at www.MedicineHunter.com.
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Fitness Tips? My fiance and i are getting married in August and although we are both very healthy and look after ourselves, we both want to look our best for the wedding. we usually go cycling but the weather is really awful at the moment and the local gym is rubbish. does anyone have any excersize tips that we can do at home? aside from the obvious of course *wink*
Here is an at-home routine that you can do for a total body and great cardio workout. Hope you like it.
RUN IN PLACE – kick heels up to buttocks
BACK LEG LIFTS – keeping the hips forward lift your left leg back – it’s a small movement so don’t arch your back to lift very high – do one side for half the amount of time and then switch
HEEL DIGS – press heel out in front of you and hop to switch feet
SIDE LEG RAISES – standing lift your left leg out to the side and lead with the heel (don’t turn your toe up) and also don’t lean over sideways as you do this – half the time and then switch sides
BURPEES – standing place hands on floor and jump feet back into pushup position and then jump feet back towards hands and stand up (that completes one burpee)
PLIE SQUAT – stand with your feet wider than should length apart and your toes turned out at a 45 degree angle, squat down and using your inner thighs press yourself back up
SPEED SKATER – leap to the right bring left leg slightly behind you and you reach towards the floor and then leap to the left bringing right leg slightly behind while reach towards the floor
PUSHUPS – can do against a wall or on the floor on your toes or knees
CROSS COUNTRY SKI – stand with legs together and jump up landing with right leg in front and left leg back then jump again switching feet in the air
BICEP CURLS – curl with weights (or whatever else you can use such as soup cans, water bottles, resistance bands) be sure not to lock out the elbow and curl for the full range of motion
DOWNHILL SKI – feet together jump to right and then the left and stay low in a little bit of a squat position
TRICEP PUSHUP – lay on your left side with your left hand on your right side and place your right hand on the floor infront of you, now press yourself up with your right hand – half the time and then switch sides
HIGH KNEES – run in place brining knees into the chest as much as you can
BACK ROW – using weights hinge forward at the hips so you are slightly bent over and knees slightly bent, let the weights hang down with palms facing each other than pull the elbows up keeping them close to the body and bring the weights up as high as you can and then lower
SQUAT THRUST – kinda like a burpee but when you come up jump
SHOULDER RAISE – with weights stand with elbows out at shoulder height then press weights up over head and lower to shoulder height (don’t go below shoulder height)
POWER JACKS – like a jumping jack but when your feet go wide go down into a squat and when jumping back with feet together do two hops
LOWER ABS – laying stomach place your hands infront of you forming a triangle, lift your hips up so you are on your toes and elbows (don’t lift your hips too high though – you should be in a straight line and abs pulled up in towards your spine) alternate touching your knees to the floor, but don’t let them rest – they should just barley touch
JUMP ROPE – real or pretend
OBLIQUES – on your back with feet on the floor and hands behind the head crunch up and twist left elbow to right knee – half the amount of time and then switch sides
SQUAT JUMPS – in a squat position jump up and land in squat position
UPPER ABS – on your back with feet planted on floor lift your hips up and have hands behind head – keeping your hips up off the floor do a crunch
QUICK FEET – standing with feet wide run in place as fast as you can (think football)
FRONT LUNGES – lunge forward with the left foot, staying in this position lower yourself and then press back up – half the amount of time and then switch sides
SQUAT W/ FRONT KICK – feet close together squat and come up and kick with the left then squat again and come up and kick the right and keep alternating
STEP TOUCH – stay low with knees bent and step to the left bringing feet together and then step to the right, while doing so have your arms extending out to the sides with each step
SHUFFLE W/ KNEE – shuffle three times to the left and on the third one lift your right knee and then shuffle three times to the right lifting your left knee on the third one
MARCH – march in place to cool down
do each move one after the other without a rest in-between and you’ll get an excellent interval workout – If you want a longer workout walk in place 3-5 minutes and then do the whole circuit again.
Fitness Tips? I just turned 14, and weight around 90 punds. I have no muscle at all, basically. How should I get more fit? I bike ride alot during the Summer.
And does anyone know hoew to get taller faster? I get made fun of because I am,like, 5′ 2″ tall.
Im a vegetarian.
Do you know about protiens, carbs, and fats, metabolism, etc.?
when you say you’re a vegatarian, you’re basically saying you dont know much about nutrition.
go to fitday.com and learn more about food before you cut out an entire food group. start eating meat and strength train and within the next year or so (when puberty hormones kick in) you will be as muscular as you want!
Any Fitness Tips For People With Asthma? Just need some fitness tips to help with my asthma. I want to be able to run for a longer period and have an overall better fitness level. I start losing my breath after about 1 minute of running. Any ideas and tips would be very much appreciated : )
First, you have to choose a certain kind of exercise that they really can handle well. Some exercise that might be great choice for asthma sufferers are walking, swimming, riding a bike, as well as hiking. These kinds of exercise needs less physical move than tennis, hockey, gymnastics, long distance running, and many other else. You could also consult their doctors to choose the most appropriate type of exercise for you.
Second, you can take advantage of your inhaler. You can use your inhaler about 15 minutes before you start to exercise. Besides, makes sure that your inhaler is always close enough to you. You will never know when the attack might hit you. Therefore, providing inhaler as first aid near you is very important.
Third, breathing through your nose during the exercise is also important. Mouth breathing tends to trigger asthma attack since it causes you to inhale cold air right into the bronchial tube. In contrary, the air that you heal will be filtered well when you are breathing through your nose. Besides, nose breathing also allows the air to be warmer before reaching the lungs.
The fourth thing you need to do is looking for a certain area that free from pollutions and allergens. However you should also avoid area with too many trees or grass. Then, you should also be aware of the symptoms of asthma that occur during the exercise. If you feel very tired and your chest begins to be tightening, you should be notice that those are the initial symptoms of asthma. Usually, those symptoms will be followed by wheezing. Stop doing any physical activity when these symptoms occur.
By following those tips, asthma sufferers could still have exercise with less risk of asthma attack. Do not let asthma attack prevent you to have regular exercise activity.
Anyone Know Some Good Fitness Tips? I’m really bad at running, and I would like to loose a few pounds, so I was wondering if anyone could give me some simple fitness tips? Just a simple fitness regime, please.
Avoid elevators and escalators,,
climb stairs,, walk long distances every single day.
hour of cardio at your target heart rate every day.
stretch properly afterwards or you wont want to come back tomorrow which blows the whole plan.
What Are Some Good Fitness Tips To Do In Your House ? Please anything helps !! its cold outside and i hate running what are fitness routines i can do to loose weight but indoors?
You can do workout DVDs, Wii fit, DDR, you can also get trainers to turn your road bike into a stationary bike. Dancing is good too.
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can anyone help?
Walk at least a mile a day. Get rest drink plenty of water & fluids. Avoid junk food. Eat at least 23 g of fiber a day.