Here are my top 5 Tips To Ger Fit. This is in response to Monday’s blog I wrote highlighting recent findings from the Cleveland Clinic study that said, “Being unfit is worse than being a smoker, having diabetes or heart disease.” If you didn’t read that go back and please do.
5 Tips To Get Fit
- Walk more. It sounds so ridiculously easy because it really is. Go for a walk before you day starts, during your lunch break, after dinner or park further away at the grocery store. Get at least 10,000 steps in a day.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep. I bet you didn’t see this one coming. I believe from experience and research that not getting enough sleep is one of the greatest risks to being unfit. You have to recharge, reboot physically, emotionally and mentally to live a long life. Sleep deprivation can and does contribute to you being unfit.
- HIIT (high-intensity interval training). The buzz acronym or exercise program for the past few years. We’ve known for a long time that interval training is the best way to get into great shape. Now with more long-term studies and trendy workouts that promote this, it’s even more important to incorporate into your regime 2-3x per week.
- Do squats. Squatting is the most common functional movement we all must do till we die. You have to sit on a toilet, sit in your car, sit at the table, etc. Squatting is another form of sitting that is essential to be fit. Your legs are your foundation to the way the rest of your body moves or doesn’t move. Do 20 squats daily to keep the legs strong, your joints lubed up and the tendons and ligaments in your legs fresh.
- Balance. Being able to balance is almost at the top of my list to age gracefully and staying fit. As you age the most common reason for injuries or even death is the loss of balance. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. So start young and don’t stop. And it’s never too late to start. Stand on one leg for as long as you can up to 2 min. I recommend to all my clients that they brush their teeth standing on 1 leg in the morning and the other leg in the evening. It’s a great way to combine and associate so you don’t have to take up more time.
Wishing you a life filled with health and fitness!
Your health and fitness coach,