How do you get fit?
It seems like it should be a simple question.
But it is actually very complex and has a number of factors that can be very counterintuitive.
So, let’s take a look at different factors that are involved in getting fit.
Fitness is a measure of:
– Body composition in terms of muscle and fat. – General performance of the organs and muscular-skeletal system. – Functional strength allowing you to perform certain tasks at your best.
All of the different aspects of fitness can be boiled down into these.
For example, while it is absolutely crucial to have a good diet, whenever you pursue one you are working on your body composition.
That is, hopefully, you are eliminating fat.
If your body composition currently includes more fat than you’d like, then this is the first step to getting fit.
A Downers Grove personal trainer will help you work on reducing calories and building up the amount of athletic work you do.
All in all, you need to burn more calories than you take in, and to do so over a long period of time, in order to see the results that you want.
Many people think of aerobic exercise when they think of this, but that is only one side of the coin.
You also need to include anaerobic exercises like weight lifting. This will develop your muscles, which burn fat all on their own.
That’s right: You can (and should) develop muscles before eliminating fat.
Once you have started on the path to developing muscles, then you can get to work on functional strength.
Functional strength is usually associated with athletes, who need to build up muscles and strength in very specific ways to perform in sports.
However, as a part of general fitness, it is also very important.
Building and maintaining lean muscle, rather than bulk, is what supercharges your metabolism, which in turn provides you with the added “bonus” that you need to maintain your fitness over a long period of time.
However, it is unwise to go into this kind of fitness quest on your own …
In order to get fit, especially after a lifetime of less than optimal fitness habits, you should seek out a Downers Grove personal trainer.
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To A Healthier You!
Jim and The CORE1 Crew