Exercise As Part Of Your Lifestyle
I consider fitness and health as 70% diet and 30% exercise, however don’t disregard exercise as unimportant. It is the relationship between the two that is most beneficial for your fitness. It’s like a table without the chair; the table still serves a purpose, but is so much more useful when there is a chair paired with it.
Aim to be physically active in any way you can, consciously or not. Train yourself to take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. Walk or bike ride instead of driving if it is an appropriate distance. Go for a swim in the surf, go rollerblading or play outside on the trampoline or with your dog. This kind of unintentional exercise can work wonders!
For optimum results, try to workout at least 3-4 times a week. This will allow your body some time to recover and to build muscle also. Cardiovascular exercise is good for increasing stamina and losing weight, which means it can be good to include workouts that are aerobic (long distance or time length; 20+ minutes) and are worked at a moderate to high intensity level. Cardio can help burn fat and may be beneficial for your stamina, endurance and respiratory system.
However, if you are looking for that toned, fit and “AB-ulous” appearance, toning and strength exercises will also be necessary. This means understanding which aspect of the body you wish to tone and what exercises will be most beneficial for that particular body zone. Doing toning exercises alone can help build the tone and muscle beneath the fat, but cardio will reveal the muscles by decreasing the body fat hiding them.
It is so important that when you are working out, if you feel pain other than that general “I’m getting fit" burning sensation, that you immediately stop and treat effectively e.g. by following the RICER method (rest, ice, compression, elevation, referral to doctor if necessary). Do not just take a painkiller and hope that the pain will stop as this is not treating the pain it is only masking it, and ignoring it may lead to further damage.
Love and Light,
* Results from BAM may vary. Strict adherence to the program is required for best results.