Getting into shape guide this winter
Getting in shape is never easy, it requires one to be fully committed to burning fat and tightening those muscles. Whether you are a professional athlete or just an ordinary person you need to get the job done.
Like most sport players you need to keep in shape, some of the common fallouts that result from being unfit are the risk of chronic diseases. Sports are exciting, dramatic and loaded with skill. Sometime we do not realise the importance of fitness required to give it your all for 90 minutes.
Take Benni McCarthy who struggled with excess weight, Itumeleng Khune who suffered from a fatal injury that almost sidelined him from playing and Piermario Morosini who died on the pitch as a result of cardiac arrest as examples. Keeping healthy is important to sustain ones career and livelihood.
How to keep fit:
The first thing to remember is no pain no gain. New fitness program might leave you feeling discomfort and you are bound to experience some soreness. This is a good thing, and tells you that your muscles have worked. Cherish the pain. To avoid injuring yourself, make sure you are paying attention to form rather than simply loading those barbells with weights. Also remember, pain in temporary!
1: Take a few minutes to warm up before starting your exercises, stretching enhances the blood flow and warms the muscles up.
2: Avoid wearing the wrong shoes when you exercise, they might cause more damage. The last thing you want is getting sidelined from having a bad injury. Wear comfortable trainers.
3: Mentally prepare yourself by changing your mindset, start telling yourself that you can do it. Surround yourself with the people who want to get fit. It’s always wise to get your family involved in your plans.
4: Plan your days, most of the time you may find yourself procrastinating due to lack of planning. Have a vision board that can motivate your weekly goals on what you want to achieve.
5: Plan your meals; don’t just go to the student center. The role of nutrition in exercising is progressively more important because it is vital for the adaptations to physical activity in weight maintenance.
6: Seize every chance you get. Instead of using the elevator, take the stairs. During your lunch breaks take a walk. Stretch out when you are stuck behind a desk
7: Exercise at least 30 minutes once a day. Do not overdo it. Take it slow. Add some fun into it by listening to music. Exercise doesn’t need to be boring.
Remember alcohol makes you gain weight, it doesn’t help indulging in alcohol while trying to get fit, it’s like taking ten steps back.
Overall you need to keep the focus and treat this like a job, give it your all. Do your best to see results. Stay motivated and focus on the goal ahead.