When it comes to losing weight and getting healthy we all know that a proper diet combined with a consistent exercise regime is the key to success. As far as what we put in our bodies - a focus on whole, natural foods and a commitment to avoiding those foods high in fat, grease, and preservatives - is half the battle. But without a dedicated fitness workout integrated into our lives, we can not expect to maintain long term optimum health.
A fitness workout means very different things to different people. For some, it is a walking program; for others the running of several miles every day; and still others, a combination of many different regimes. For optimum health, it is important to create a balanced fitness workout that addresses all areas of the body.
First and foremost, a workout should contain cardiovascular work that gets the heart pumping and burns fat. Cardiovascular exercise - such as kickboxing, dance, and aerobics makes the heart healthy and helps the other systems of the body operate efficiently. Cardiovascular work is fundamental to an exercise regime.
In addition to cardiovascular exercise, it is important to incorporate weight training in a fitness workout. Not only does weight training speed the body's metabolism, it burns fat and builds muscle. Those interested in weight training should do so initially with the assistance of a physical trainer who can help you perfect your technique and avoid injury.
Finally, it is very important to incorporate stretching and core work into a fitness workout. Pilates has become very popular with those looking to strengthen abdominal and back muscles as well as improve flexibility. Yoga also continues to hold its own as a fitness workout that burns fat, enhances flexibility, and reduces stress.
There are plenty of people who enjoy their fitness workout in a gym. And a gym atmosphere can be a terrific place in which to improve your health. It offers everything from equipment and classes to personal trainers and camaraderie with people who are looking to achieve similar fitness goals.
For others, for whom gyms are cost-prohibitive - or not their scene - a fitness workout can be just as easily achieved at home. Fitness videos have made classes possible right in the privacy of your own home; and it's always possible to hit the open road and run or walk your way to fitness.
A planned and implemented fitness workout - through your dedication and consistency - will reward you with improved health, vitality, and longevity.