If you, like many of us, were infected with summer laziness (cocktails, afternoon naps, sunbathing, it’s-so-hot-I-can’t-move, etc.), you know that autumn is the perfect season for getting back in shape. It’s not that easy as it sounds, though. Persistency and constant motivation are required. Still, it’s not that difficult either. It’s all about taking baby steps when you start, because taking some time off requires starting from the beginning when you decide to bounce back. From that “bounce” on, all you need to do is make gradual progress, until you reach the point where you are satisfied with both your body and level of fitness. Stick around while we explain the benefits of being in shape, the ways of achieving that and the different techniques you can use.
Why Being in Shape Matters?
Women tend to think that a killer shape is reserved for men with the primary focus on bodybuilding, or having a six-pack at the least. Though most of us wouldn’t want similar effects, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to be healthy and good-looking. It is important for our confidence, because not a lot of women want to look in the mirror and see big belly fat. Seeing a healthy, fit body, however, is a great reason to start every day loving yourself. This further influences your social life, and you feel more relaxed among people. Most importantly, being fit means that you have a healthier organism prepared to face all the challenges.
How to Get Back in Shape?
First step is to determine just how badly out of shape you really are. This will help you follow your progress later on. It can be done easily, no personal trainer needed. Measure the time you can jog, see how many push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups you can do. Work up the courage to step on the scales. Repeat this test every two or three weeks. When you notice the first changes, you’ll have enough motivation to do it all the way. Working out with a friend (if you two were together on cocktail parties all summer, even better), can help both of you be successful and never give up. Start small, and then build up the intensity and duration of the training sessions.
What’s your Weapon of Choice?
There are many ways and techniques to get in or back in shape. If it is easier for you, you can start by working out at home, jogging with a friend or a dog or doing some individual sports like swimming or skating. For skating, I would recommend you to go to Free Skateshop. Some ladies prefer exercising in larger groups, so low-intensity aerobics in the beginning and power aerobics later is best for you, if you are one of them. If you opt for the gym, you should make some sort of workout plan and create and follow a post workout nutrition guide. This is useful for all other physical activities too. Some women like their workout time to be fun. And why not make it so? Various activities, such as Zumba, trampoline fitness, Bokwa, cycle karaoke or even some dancing lessons, are made to be fun and to burn fat at the same time. Even though yoga is often considered to be merely a means of relaxation and reaching inner peace, it is possible to use it to be fit. As long as you perform yoga movements with certain intensity, it can provide muscle exercise and cardiovascular benefits.
In 2 to 4 weeks your body will recruit more muscles and become more efficient. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks, however, to get back on track completely and develop your routine. You go, girl!