Optimal fitness “is the condition resulting in a lifestyle that leads to the development of an optimal level of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility, as well as, the achievement and maintenance of ideal body weight.”
I personally feel that having a sensible, exercise regimen and nutritional plan is a very important for maintaining optimal health. Doing regular workouts can help our cardiovascular health greatly and can have a positive impact on our body and mind. In fact, regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for mild to moderate depression. It can also improve our sleep, reduce stress, help with weight management, enhance energy and endurance.
How do we get started in achieving optimal fitness?
Here are some steps to get started, and I do believe, that no matter what your current situation, there is always a way to improve our health, even when our body is at it lowest level of fitness and out of balance.
My goal for you, is that you choose a fitness regimen that is suitable for you, that you will enjoy doing and that will help you achieve optimal fitness.
Steps to getting started?
Today you will begin, by answering these simple choices and questions...
At the moment there are many of us isolating in our homes, therefore gyms, fitness classes and certain sports are not an option, so I'm going to provide you some recommendations below:
1. Decide what type of Fitness Workouts you would like to do:
My suggestions will all depend on where you live - but do your best to choose five from the list below.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training
Martial Art Inspired
My choices are: HIIT, Weight Lifting, Boxing, Martial Art Inspired and Dance
Choose where you would like to do your workouts:
At home and Outdoors
How many days a week can you do your workouts?
How long for each workout (mins/hours)?
Now look what's available on demand / online (Here area few examples):
Les Mills On Demand: https://www.lesmills.com/
Yoga for beginners: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/yoga-for-beginners-mind-body/id1382141225
Have no spare cash to spend?
Take a look at YouTube for some great workouts, start at your fitness level (this would be my last resort as there is too many distractions on YouTube).
Choose a Fitness DVD that you have in the house.
Free Fitness Apps
Other ways to improve our fitness:
walk to work
Take the stairs (not the lift)
Move your body
Here are two examples of how to plan:
Example 1: I have chosen do Martial Art Inspired Workouts and weight lifting. I will workout 4 times a week, in the comfort of my own home, I have chosen to sign up to the Les Mills On Demand membership and will start next Monday. I have written in my planner when I will do my workouts so that I know exactly when to do them. They are 30 to 40 minute workouts.
Example 2: I have chosen to cycle nearby where I live 2x weekly nearby and do yoga at home 2x weekly using the Yoga For Beginners app. I will start on Monday aiming for 40-60 mins per workout activity.
Don't make excuses as to why you can't do it!
Get your mindset right! You can do this!
If you need support and motivation for improving your fitness, we have a great Fitness, Confidence and Wellness Essentials Facebook group that you are more than welcome to join!