It's something that happens to a lot of us: we desire a dress that's a size or two too small for us. We shed the weight on some strict diet, wear the dress for that special occasion, and then...you can guess the rest; yes, we put the weight back on again. The problem with diets is that they tend to be about abstinence and a denial of the small pleasures of life. They are not a sustainable lifestyle.
What if you could lose weight in a more enjoyable way? Moreover, what if you could keep
the weight off and so not only could you wear that dress anytime you like, you'll simply feel and look better everyday? There's a simple solution, but it requires discipline and determination to begin with - and then it will become something you look forward to doing: aerobic exercise
Aerobics can be a simple fitness workout for those who are used to it, but it takes a while to get comfortable with the routine. Like any new habit, it takes discipline to forge it into your life. The hard part is getting comfortable with the changes and adapting to them, but once you do, you will start to look forward to your next exercise routine.
If you just want to burn a few calories or tone up your body, then aerobic exercise is just what you need. This form of exercise doesn't gain much muscle, but WILL increase your metabolism and help you burn off your excess weight. Not only that, but regular aerobic exercise will allow you to still enjoy your high-calorie guilty pleasures every now and again! Thus, what you're doing here is building a sustainable lifestyle. One that you enjoy - you enjoy your food, you enjoy your exercise, and you can still lose weight. Aerobic excercise isn't a free pass to eat more or anything you like all the time. You still need to be disciplined with your diet, but not at the micromanaging levels you need to be when on a strict diet.
If you're just starting an aerobics fitness workout, you should be sure to have a stopwatch with you to keep track of how long you've been working out. There are many apps available that tell you how many steps you've taken, how many KMs you've cycled and so on. It's important to measure your workouts so you can measure your progress.
You should make sure that you are stretching before you go on with your cardio workout. Even if you're starting out with a slow workout, you'll still need to stretch to get yourself ready. Muscles can easily suffer micro-tears if you don't warm up and warm down properly.
The best way to begin a cardio workout is to make sure that you are comfortable with what you are doing. Remember that when you're starting out with aerobics, you won't be running on a treadmill or doing hundreds of push-ups. In order to get the most benefit out of your routine, be sure that you are able to move in a comfortable way. For many people, that means simply going on a brisk walk or a gentle cycle ride, avoiding the hills. It's important to start slowly here. Going crazy on your first workout just means you'll probably injure your muscles and be in pain in the days ahead, cursing the very notion of excerise! No, exercise is all about feeling good WHILE you're exercising.
So what type of aerobic exercise to try out? Try as many as you can to see which ones you enjoy the most. You can try swimming, cycling, walking, jogging, aerobics classes, tennis, badminton, volleyball, netball, the list is endless when you really thing about it.
Not only that, but set some milestones. If you enjoy cycling, then set some challenges that force you to cycle a little further than you would normall cycle - to push yourself gently out of your comfort zone. THIS is where you make the real progress.
Don't over do it. Your aerobic exercises have to fit comfortably into your life. If you are doing too much, you can start to feel tired and irritated. It's all about balance. Article kindly provided by hourglasswaist.com