A Guide To Ultimate Fitness

Ultimate Fitness?

What is ultimate fitness? It's being healthy and feeling good about yourself. It's a convergence of physical and psychological well-being. Do you have ideals? Are you looking to be "ripped" or are the health benefits of exercise your goal? This guide to ultimate fitness is based on having or making time to exercise 3-4 days per week. Commitment is the key.

I've always enjoyed exercising and staying fit. But every day is a challenge to use my time productively. Working a full time job always presents obstacles to working out. But, I found that anyone, yes anyone, can find 20-30 minutes a day to devote to fitness.

From the time your head leaves the pillow, your day should be prioritized. If you realized how much time we waste each day it would make you sick (not literally). Are you a morning or evening person? Personally, I prefer morning. The question is, how can you free-up 20 minutes to get "ultimately" fit?

At first, experiment with different times of the day. Your body will send you signals telling you what's best.

Be creative!!!

A Day In The Life

Popping out of bed between 6:00 and 7:00 am, I go through my normal routine. We all have one, coffee, breakfast, anything we need to get into the flow of the day. I use this time to prioritize my activities. If you organize and simplify your obligations properly you're sure to find time to exercise.

Find an activity that your comfortable with and gets your endorphins flowing that's all you need. Whether it's strength training, yoga, running or walking, the method isn't important, it's about taking action. JUST GET MOVING!!

It's not rocket science... Simplify matters. Have weights (dumbbells), mats and any other equipment you need at home. It's actually not expensive and doesn't take up much space. Make it easy to add exercise to your routine.

Sweating doesn't make a workout. Proper technique and the right exercises that target the muscle groups you'd like to engage that day is the key. Walk at a comfortable pace.

Your main objective is "just do it"!

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My Workouts

My life wouldn't be the same without exercise. It would lead to insanity. I venture to guess that if you do make exercise a routine, there's no better therapy to restore your zest for life and self esteem. The following is just an example of what gets me to where I want to be.

STRENGTH TRAINING

Use weights that challenge you for 8-12 repetitions smoothly concentrating on form. Rest 30 seconds to a minute between sets and exercises.

  1. Warm-up (5 minutes of stretching)
  2. Squats (3 sets)
  3. Military presses (3 sets)
  4. Dumbbell curls (3 sets)
  5. Standing reverse flys (3 sets)
  6. Cool down

You've just worked all the major muscle groups.

I have the luxury of having a fantastic fitness center in my apartment community but, setting up a home gym is fairly simple and inexpensive. (see below). Or gym memberships are becoming more affordable in these economic times. Also seeing other people working up a sweat gives you motivation to do the same. You know are obsession with " keeping up with the Jones' ". It works!

WALKING

Just get outside and hit the pavement or hiking trail. The pace should be comfortable. You should be able to carry on a normal conversation without strain. I like walking by myself because I enjoy the solitude. It helps to clear my mind and tap my creativity. By all means, getting friends involved definitely makes committing to exercising even easier.


Your Workout of Choice

What's your favorite form of exercise?

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A Great Full Body Routine

Why wait?

Whatever your life situation, exercise has to become part of your normal routine. Once you establish a program that works, you'll kick yourself for not starting sooner. The health and wellness benefits integrate into other parts of our life. It's been proven that people who workout on a regular basis have better nutritional habits, sleep better, and are more active sexually. We would all love that! Remember, establishing any habit takes time. Set realistic goals, take baby steps, and move on at your comfort level. Believe me, once you get into it you'll have a hard time taking a day off.


*** Disclaimer: I'm not a certified personal trainer, this just works for me. Please if there are any health issues involved, see your doctor before starting any fitness program.


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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I am sorry that you lost your job but not sorry that you are using the time in such a fruitful way. You sound like a very positive kind of guy so I am sure only good can come out of it. I find when I do an international move - and I have had several of these then it is also a perfect time to reinvent oneself. I think being shocked out of a routine or even a rut can be very beneficial sometimes. And yes exercise is just essential for feeling good. Good for you. I look forward to hearing how things progress for you.


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jasonycc 6 years ago from South East Asia

Yes, commitment is the key. Agree with that.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks for visiting and commenting. I've found that once you commit to a fitness regimen, you feel guilty about missing a workout. Ciao!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

I finally found a Hub that I haven't commented on. lol. This is interesting. The Strength Training seems hard. I'd rather Power Walk while eating a bar of chocolate.

You have a great Fitness Program.

Thanks for sharing.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

I know LADY E, I should write more on HP!@#%? I think this was my first Hub... the strength training isn't hard. You make it as hard as you want. Use weights that are comfortable for you. Building muscle is essential to keep your metabolism at a high level. LOL, I can just picture you Power walking eating a bar of Cadbury!!! :)


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I enjoy taking every opportunity to work my body. I find having a stability ball in the TV room keeps me working out when I might otherwise be sitting on my bum. I play around on the ball the entire time I watch and I enjoy keeping ripped. Your ultimate fitness program is awesome and inspiring. Love and Peace :)


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Jai Warren 5 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks Katie! It sounds like you take pride in staying in shape. I admire that. What about sitting on your stability ball while you're composing a Hub? :) Now, that would be a great workout! I'm a fitness freak... that, will never change. All the best, Ciao!


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dwelburn 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

Good to hear that you follow a regular fitness program. Me too, but I'm not a morning person. Prefer to work out in the afternoons.


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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

Great hub Jai Warren, I actually have to force myself not to go to the gym on rest days. It's my lifestyle and I love it. I would never stop, unless I became physically unable too. Thumbs up on your hub.


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Jai Warren 2 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks dwelburn and Alphadogg16...

I'm excitingly turning 60 this year and exercise will always be a major part of my life. Ciao!

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