Best Way To Get Fit

November 10, 2016

 

Talk to 10 people and you'll get 10 different opinions on the best way to get fit. 

One will tell you to attend crossfit. Another will swear by triathlons.  Yet another will tell you that dance and biking works for them.

The truth is that there's really only one effective way to get fit. 

Before I get into the details, it’s important that we agree on the definition of 'fit'. Too often thin is mistaken for fit, and that's not what you should strive for. 

When someone is thin, but has very little muscle tissue, they aren't truly fit. 

Here’s why thin doesn’t equal fit:

  • Their body fat percentage will be higher than ideal—even though you won't see a lot of fat on them, if their muscle percentage is low then fat percentage will be higher.

  • Their resting metabolism will be low, since little muscle is present to burn calories at rest.

  • Their body won't be functionally strong, which will lead to injuries, pain and frustrations.

So how does one get truly fit? It’s this simple: Doing the things you enjoy with a base of functional strength training as the foundation.

Strength training is when resistance is used to challenge your muscles in order to gain strength and endurance. You could do this with traditional weights, exercise bands, medicine balls, cable machines, sandbags, kettlebells or even just using your own body weight.

  • Regular strength training has the following side effects…

  • Strength and muscle tone(hormonal positive)

  • Cardiovascular capacity

  • Speed, Agility and Flexibility

  • Resistance to injury and disease

If that’s not enough to convince you that strength training is the foundation to become fit, then read on… 

Top 9 Reasons To Strength Train 

1. To Build Muscle and Gain Strength: Don’t worry, ladies. This does NOT mean that you’re going to ‘bulk up’ or look too masculine. What will happen is that your arms, abs and legs will become tighter, leaner and more defined. 

2. To Lose Fat: When it comes to losing size, all that you want to see go is fat, not muscle. Strength training ensures that you maintain and grow those muscles and only lose fat. After all, the more muscle you have the more fat you burn just being alive. Muscle is metabolically expensive which means it burns more energy.

3. To Build Strong Bones: The older we get, the more important our bone density is. A good strength training program is one of your best defenses when it comes to osteoporosis. 

4. To Alleviate Anxiety, Stress and Depression: Sure there are plenty of pills out there that claim to give these benefits, but you and I both know that strength training is more wholesome and effective way. And besides, who really wants pharmaceutical side effects? 

 

 

5. To Sleep Better: Here’s another pill you can stop taking once you start strength training. Study after study have proven that strength training improves sleep. 

6. To Improve Chronic Back Pain: If you are one of the millions across the globe who suffer from back pain then you’ll love the benefit of a stronger back. 

7. To Improve Insulin Sensitivity: Today diabetes is a huge threat. Minimize your risk by improving insulin sensitivity through regular, challenging strength training. 

8. To Improve Good to Bad Cholesterol Ratio: Here is yet another pill that you could potentially stop taking while on a strength training routine. Blood pressure and heart health are of utmost concern, so why not give yourself the advantage of a strength training routine? 

9. To Raise your Metabolism: This helps to reduce body fat and to keep that body fat off, even on the days that you aren’t able to exercise. Pretty awesome, right? 

A solid strength training routine will tone your legs, lift your butt, strengthen your core, and will result in an amazing foundation to your life. And After the recent US elections, we're going to need all the strength we can get.

If you’re ready to begin your body transformation then feel free to reach out. 

Call or email me Sweat Nation and we will get you started on the exercise program that will build you solid strength once and for all!

 

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