Daily fit tip! "Choosing cardio, the right equipment, and choosing a trainer"
Posted Nov 05 2011 5:06pm
Choosing the right cardio for results~ The type of cardio equipment you use at the gym makes a difference in what kind of results you’re going to end up with. If you want to be a runner, you’ll probably choose the treadmill. If you’re training for a bike race, you’ll probably hop on the stationary bike. But what if you’re just trying to get in shape and lose weight? Which piece of equipment is right for you? While any machine will help you burn calories, you have to personalize your exercise program for the best results. Make it your own and don't just do what your see others doing because it looks good, or they look good doing it. We are all different and must find out what works best for our own body. What is your level of fitness? If you would describe yourself as out-of-shape, it’s important you don’t head straight for the treadmill and crank it up to a six-mile-an-hour pace. Start out walking on the treadmill, or better yet, try your luck on the elliptical. This machine puts your body through the motions of running on the treadmill, but puts less stress on your joints since your feet don’t actually leave the surface they’re on.
Getting in shape~ Once you’ve mastered the elliptical, head over to the treadmill and give it a try. Just keep in mind you probably won’t be able to keep up with the pace you had on the elliptical because now you’re being forced to pick up your feet and really propel yourself forward.
Choosing the right equipment ~ The same philosophy can be used on any piece of gym equipment – if you’re out of shape, start out on a minimally challenging machine so that you can actually stay on it long enough to work up a good sweat. Start slow and small and work your way up. Not only will you avoid injuring yourself, you’ll be setting yourself up for mini-successes along the way to ultimate success.
Do you need a trainer? ~ Now if you are lucky enough to have a trainer or as I had a big brother who had many years of weight lifting, and other training experience, you can experiment a little more and further to see what your level of fitness is, what kind of shape your in, and what is your natural fitness gifts. A trainer can spot these three important things about you more quickly than you might be able too, among other important tools you will want to learn about along the way. The truth is we are never done learning nor learn everything there is to know, especially when it comes to fitness.
Your fitness lifestyle ~ So if your serious and want to really learn about yourself, your own body and how it works, be open to learn. Just starting out you may want to get a trainer to help guide you through the start of your journey in finding your own personal fitness lifestyle. A trainer can help you find out what works best for you, your body type,your fitness level and ability. A good trainer will set you free when they feel you are ready and have gained enough knowledge and experience to do it on your on. Then you can check in with them on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis to keep yourself on the right track, get new workouts, new ideas or questions you may have. Finding your own way takes time, commitment, consistency and a strong mind to want it. To want to be in control of your own body, and live your fitness life style ~