Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Improve Your Fitness One Exercise At A Time

Many times starting a fitness program is a daunting task. On one hand you have the obvious heath benefits that an active lifestyle can bring; and on the other hand there is the up hill battle and hard work often associated with a fitness plan. We have all been in that position at one time or another, even us fitness professionals, where the task at hand seems to great and the rewards don’t match up to the effort needed. If this has ever happened to you here is a little trick I have found very helpful. Pick just one exercise, any exercise will do for now, for one month. During that month try to perform it at least 10-15 times, and each time strive to do better than the time before. What I mean is attempt to perform one more repetition or lift a little more weight. If you choose a cardiovascular exercise, like walking or jogging, try to go farther than before. The idea is you make the attempt to improve this one exercise. Improving ones fitness is all about staying focused and striving for achievement no matter how small. To often the “fitness world” tries to complicate matters with “new and improved” exercise antics that only leave fitness goers confused and frustrated. If after this one exercise is completed and you want to perform another and another, go for it. Every successful exercise program starts with one exercise and builds up from there. Good luck - Doug Scott, Strength Coach