We’re well into summer, and the temperatures are consistently rising. It’s a time when many people embrace the outdoors and embark on their fitness journeys, whether starting from scratch or intensifying their activities to make the most of the weather. Regardless of which group you belong to, creating a realistic fitness plan that incorporates both cardiovascular exercise and strength training is a great way to get back in shape.
When devising your plan, it’s important to establish specific and achievable goals. Personally, I find it effective to set targets for 4-6 week intervals. This approach keeps me motivated and prevents me from becoming stagnant. In the upcoming 6 weeks, one of my goals is to enhance my overall conditioning. I plan to incorporate increased intervals, steady state cardio, and Jujitsu into my routine.
If you’re starting from scratch and have been inactive for a while, it’s crucial to start slowly and gradually increase your activity level. Also, with these elevated temperatures, make sure you stay hydrated, and listen to your body.
Before beginning a new exercise regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions or concerns, consulting with a healthcare professional is essential. This step helps prevent injuries and allows your body to adapt to the increased activity. Expect to experience soreness and fatigue at times, but staying consistent will yield improvement.
Consistency is key in achieving fitness goals. Make exercise a habit and a regular part of your routine. Select activities that you enjoy and look forward to. If you need an extra dose of motivation, consider joining a group fitness class or try my online SHREDbootcamp program. If you require assistance in getting started or taking it up a notch, I’m here to provide support.
Now, let’s delve into cardiovascular exercise. In future discussions, I will provide more detailed information on this topic. Cardiovascular exercise enhances overall fitness levels and aids in calorie burning. You can start with simple activities such as brisk walking, jogging, hiking, biking, or swimming. The options are limitless, so have fun experimenting with different options.
Begin with 20-30 minutes of cardio, three times a week, and gradually increase the duration and intensity as your strength improves. As mentioned earlier, I prefer interval training for its efficiency, as it mimics the work I’ve done for over 30 years. However, it requires more energy, so beginners should start with steady state cardio (moving at the same consistent speed).
Your fitness plan should also incorporate strength training, as it helps build lean muscle mass, boosts metabolism, and improves overall body composition. If you’re new to strength training, focus on bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, and lunges. When you’re ready to elevate your routine, you can incorporate weights if you have access to a gym. Aim to strength train three times a week, targeting different muscle groups to avoid imbalances. Remember, if you need guidance, don’t hesitate to CONTACT US (submit the form on the bottom of the site)
Lastly, I want to offer some words of truth. Getting back in shape takes time and effort, so be patient with yourself. Celebrate the small victories and minor achievements along the way. Remember, progress is progress, regardless of how small it may seem.
Reach out if you have any questions, and don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Wishing you success on your fitness journey,