Tips on Improving Fitness Levels

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Having a workout buddy can help keep you motivated and challenged. (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

You can increase your fitness level in a variety of ways. Whether you want to improve your cardiovascular endurance or increase your strength, flexibility and power, there are many exercises that will help you do these things. Some of your options include cardio activities, such as running, swimming or cycling or resistance activities such as weightlifting and body-weight circuits. You may train by yourself or with a group, work out inside or outside, join instructor-led classes or work one-on-one with a coach.

Get Regular

Training frequency is the most important aspect of improving your fitness. Whatever your goals are, you need to be working out on a regular basis to see any improvement. For most people, three to five exercise sessions per week is effective. Each workout should last between 30 to 60 minutes. It's a good idea to have a consistent routine set up; if you know which workout you are doing on a specific day and at what time, you'll find it much easier to stay committed to your training schedule.

Go Hard Or Go Home

If you want to improve your fitness, you have to work for it. It doesn't come easy. Your workouts should be challenging. If you can easily talk through the whole thing, or you feel you could comfortably keep training at the end of your session, you need to increase your exercise intensity.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Nothing kills your motivation to keep training like boredom. Doing a variety of workouts will keep you engaged and motivated, and it will also help your fitness improve more quickly. This is because different training styles target different areas of fitness. For example, running is great for cardiovascular endurance, while weightlifting is best for improving strength. Other effective workout styles you may want to consider for your fitness program include exercise classes, body weight circuits, interval training and team sports.

Pump It Up

Your training should always be improving. The principle of progressive overload is one of the most important things to learn about exercise, because it is what helps keep your workouts effective. This means increasing the intensity or length of your workouts, pushing yourself beyond what you've already achieved to reach a new level. This method will prevent your progress from stagnating once you've been training for a while. By preventing a fitness plateau, you will remain interested in and challenged by your workouts.

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