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Getting fit is about adding movement into you lifestyle and adapting your eating habits to be healthier and more calorie conscious. Just moving or just eating right however is not going to yield the results you are after. Losing weight and getting in the best shape of your life takes hard work, determination and a lot of will power.
The absolute best way to get fat off the body is combination training. You want to incorporate cardio in with strength training to get the the results you desire. Cardio is important to help burn fat off the body but the strength training also burns fat while toning and creating lean muscle. Many people shy away from strength training in fear of bulking up and this is a big mistake. Lean muscle mass helps the body to burn more fat which is why it is important to add strength training in with cardio for maximum results.
When it comes to strength training you can either use weights or use bodyweight training. That is using your own body weight to strengthen the muscles versus using added weights such as dumb bells and the like. Using your own body weight allows for you to strengthen the muscle without added strain. It is a good place to start when you begin a new routine. Now using dumb bells is not a bad thing when you start out either- I would recommend lower weights to start though. When you incorporate weights into your routine you are helping to increase the endurance of the muscle as well as strengthening the muscle. The key thing to remember when using dumb bells is to incorporate small muscle groups in with the larger muscle groups. This increases the fat burning capacity of the body and will deliver results quicker than if you were to only work a smaller muscle group such as the biceps. So, instead of just doing curls, you could add in a lunge with the curl and you would be working both the biceps (smaller muscle) and the quads and hamstrings (larger muscle group) providing you with maximum fat burn.
The next thing to remember and be very conscious of is that while working out is a great way to lose weight and including a mixture of cardio and strength is a proven way to get results you must find ways to change your routine. Muscle confusion is another key thing to ensure that you continue to see the results you want. We have all heard people say that they have plateaued or hit a wall with their weight loss and that has a lot to do with the fact that they have gotten into a routine and the body has adjusted accordingly. By utilizing the concept of muscle confusion your body can't get used to working out the same way all the time and you are less likely to hit that wall or plateau. Now having said that when and if you do hit a plateau the best way to break through is to step up your workouts- challenge yourself with something new and exciting. Try a kickboxing class or any kind of exercise you have never done before. Challenging yourself and applying the muscle confusion theory will help you break through that plateau.
Working out is a very important aspect of getting into the best shape of your life but another key factor as mentioned earlier is eating the right kinds of foods and watching your calorie intake. Calorie counting is a sure fire way to see what you are consuming and comparing it to how much your body is burning throughout the day. You can see where your problem areas are and change your course of action accordingly. Weight loss has one simple principle- calories in versus calories out. You will not lose weight if the calories you consume are much greater than the calories you expend.
So to sum it all up the absolute best way to get fit is to start couting your calories by keeping a daily food diary, incorporate combination training and muscle confusion theory into your workout routines and I know you will start to see the results you desire.
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