How do you feel about your fitness?
These days with everything we are bombarded with on social media, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by society’s views of what is considered beautiful or fit.
But, the thing you need to remember is that every one of you is unique and different, and each of you are in a different place on your fitness journey.
It’s not fair to set one standard for everyone, saying this is the level of fitness and health that every person should reach. That’s just not realistic.
So I want each of you to feel empowered by your own individual health and fitness, and know that each of you are strong and beautiful!
What’s Your Fitness?
Physical fitness is more than just your appearance, despite all the photos we scroll through everyday of washboard abs and chiseled muscles. Your fitness is actually measured by three different categories.
Muscular Strength and Endurance
There are two components in this category, strength and endurance. Your muscular strength relates to how much power you can use to lift heavy objects. Muscular endurance is how long your muscles can contract and continue to do so over a period of time.
The way to build up either one of these is add in weight training to your fitness routine. And remember, lifting weights will not make you bigger or bulky, but stronger! So don’t fear the weights, and definitely don’t skip them!
Fitness Tip: To build up your muscular strength, you need to lift with heavier weight and do less reps. To increase your muscular endurance, you need to use lighter weights and do more reps.
Gradually, the two will work together, and you will notice your fitness and strength hitting new levels. Just start with lighter weight, and work your way up to it!
We all hate the evil of cardio. Trust me, I dread it sometimes too!
However, cardiovascular health is a major key component when it comes to your fitness. Plus, it feels great to get that heart and blood pumping and break a sweat!
Any type of cardio works, it’s just up to you what you feel works best! The possibilities are endless too.
You can go running for a few miles in your neighborhood, or jog on a treadmill. Hiking, rowing, or even a good boxing session can get your heart rate up!
Whatever cardio you choose, you can’t lose! It’s good to change things up too, and not consistently do the same routine. Adding in new things is always a good way to avoid plateauing and becoming bored with your fitness.
Flexibility is more than just being able to touch your toes, or do a full split. Your fitness is dependent on how flexible your muscles and joints are, because this helps you avoid injuries, pain, and stiffness.
So how can you become more flexible? Here are some easy ways to do it:
Stretch properly after a brief warm-up and after your workout as well. Be sure to never stretch cold muscles!
Try adding in some yoga into your week, which helps you build up your core strength, as well as your flexibility. Plus, the meditative benefits are great too!
Do some light stretching first thing when you wake up in the morning. This will not only help you wake up easier, but it will also gradually make you more flexible.
Remember it’s not about what you look like, it’s about how you feel! If you are feeling confident and healthy, then your whole life will be impacted in a positive way!