6 Ways to Get Fit

There are many ways to get fit, I’ve just listed here some basic ways for you.  The other question to ask is, how will you know when you are fit? There needs to be a measure otherwise you could be doing all the ways to get fit and not notice your progress, to know if you are getting fitter or not.

Let’s begin with looking at what basic fitness means

Functional fitness: Being able to perform day to day activities without undue difficulty

Health-related fitness: Being active enough to reduce the risk of developing diseases associated with inactivity such as coronary heart disease and osteoporosis

Or you could want to build up your levels of fitness for a specific event like completing  a marathon

6 Ways to get fit are…

  1. Find an activity that you will enjoy and do it. By an activity it could be anything from going running to Salsa classes. In fact just doing something that will get you moving, above and beyond what you do anyway. This will certainly contribute to one of your ways to get fit. The more fun you have, the more likely you will keep doing it.
  2. Ok, I know I’m going to say this next one as I am a personal trainer, but I’ll say it anyway, get a personal trainer!  A personal trainer will coach you in ways to get fit and be able to support, help and motivate you.  No more deliberating on whether or not you are going to do a work out, all you have to do is turn up and the rest is planned out for you. So you don’t even have to think about what you are going to do. Easy!

    Being fit helps you to feel at your best!

  3. Vary your pace, whether or not you’re walking, running or using some cardio equipment at the gym. Doing the same continuous pace doesn’t challenge your heart, and your body will quickly get used to doing that continuous pace.  To make your cardio really count it needs to challenge you.  Try using different splits, you can do this on any cardio equipment, walking, even trampolining. Go at it hard for 30 seconds or a minute or two, and then have a recovery period until your heart slows enough for you to go again. In that recovery time keep moving, if you were doing a fast walk, slow down the pace, if you were sprinting, slow to a jog or walk.  Just vary the times, it could be 1 min fast, 1 slow and keep doing that for 10 minutes it’s really up to you, again if your new to this, start gradually and build up the intensity over time.
  4. Use a stop watch for one of your ways to get fit. Choose a few different exercises, like squats, press ups, star jumps, squat thrusts and running on the stop, to name a few of the basics. Do each exercise for 30 seconds + with minimal rest in-between. Of course this is very dependent on what your fitness level is to begin with. Start gradually and build your way up.

    Put your trainers on and begin!

  5. Find an event and book it, go on I dare you…have a look online, there’s everything from 5k walks to doing tough guys (an extreme assault course, think army style) By having something to aim for that you’ve committed to doing, will force you to get fit enough to complete the event, and you can raise money for charity at the same time.
  6. Make a list of possible ways to get fit, and think of it in terms of functional activities you will do. That could be anything from gardening, washing the car, walking to the shops etc. At least 5 days a week,  fit in at least half an hour each day to do those activities that get you moving . This doesn’t have to be done in one go, it could be 3 lots of 10 minute activities.

To summarise your best ways to get fit …

Are the ones that you will enjoy, just get moving!