There are many articles written about individuals that are just beginning to get into good shape. However, there isn’t much written for those individuals that are already in good shape. This article looks to give advice to those individuals.
Weight lifters increase weights and repetitions. Runners increase speed and distance. The same is true with walkers and bicyclers.
For the average person, that is in good condition, there are two things that they need to do to maintain or increase over all fitness. They need to increase their work load of the activity and the intensity that they apply to that work load. Individuals that do low impact aerobic exercises need to move to high impact aerobic work.
Some individuals think that they can make a sudden jump to those two. Some individuals, that are young, are equipped to do that move. However, there are many individuals that need to do so gradually. Even though you are in good shape, a quick jump might not be for you.
Each person is different. Maybe they have an old knee injury, that could prevent them for making the quick jump. A person that reaches a certain level of fitness, has their body adjust to that level. As they maintain that level, their body adjusts to it, too. The body is not prepared for something more. However, that being said, a person can still gradually raise their degree of fitness.
Alternating days is a good way to do so. When you alternate days, you do one day of your old program. The next day is your new program. Over an amount of time, you gradually reduce the number of old days during the week. Eventually, you move strictly to the new program.
Changing activities is another way to improve fitness, too. You scale down on your old program from what you are use to doing. At the same time you begin increasing your new program. It is almost like you are using a moderately old program, while adding a new program. An example of this would be going from a treadmill to a stair-climber. The stair-climber requires more use of larger muscles. (strength).
Add another sport or activity. If you are into aerobic exercise, add tennis or volleyball. Just adding another day of exercise at something different can increase your over all fitness.
Changing the muscles, that you use, is still another way to improve over all fitness. When you do this, you usually change your intensity level. It is not easy to go from muscles you always use to muscles you seldom use. Most individuals don’t realize this. They assume that they use the same muscles. To some extent, they are right in this assumption. However those same muscles don’t work as hard.
Rest more, too. Once you do start increasing your intensity and work load, your body will need more rest. You have to be ready to make this adjustment.
For an individual that wants to increase their fitness level, they need to talk with a personal fitness trainer. They have been educated to handle these types of requests. They can also tell you if your body is ready for this move. For those ready to make this move, good luck.