Getting fit from zero cardiovascular and strength fitness can be a pretty daunting task.
Based on my own experience and speaking to others about how they got to the level of fitness they're at the hardest bit is starting however once you have made a new habit of exercising your body will take over because of the release of feel good hormones and chemicals we get from regular exercise is a real incentive.
'Runner's high' is attributable to the release of endorphins that your brain experiences when you physically exert yourself. They help relieve pain and stress and if you've never had this feeling from exercise I highly recommend you get on it, it's a fab feeling!
Physical activity also stimulates the release of dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin, all of which play an important role in regulating your mood.
In the last blog post I talked about Human Growth Hormone (HGH) aka the fitness hormone which is released in response to vigorous/exhaustive exercise. From what the research is telling us it's what we want to tap into if you want to maintain a fit and strong body and improve your quality of life at any age. In a nutshell, the fitness hormone will help you lose weight, tone up not just your muscles but your skin too, fend off middle aged spread and feel more energetic.
Researchers have found the best way to maximise the release of this hormone with cardiovascular exercise and that's to do 30 second sprints with rest intervals of 90 seconds and repeat this 8 times. This is a seriously strenuous workout and getting yourself to the point of exercising like this takes time. The thought of it can be massively overwhelming too, so here's how to start from scratch and gradually build up fitness in a super easy way.
3 new habits...
...which take very little effort and by the end of just one week you'll feel even better about yourself, motivated and may possibly have dropped a couple of lbs.
If you're starting from 'really unfit' keep it simple...
The above example of starting to get your fitness up is assuming that you don't have any conditions or problems with your body that would prevent you from walking or trying out intermittent fasting. If you're at all unsure as to whether this is good advice for you or not you're welcome to get in touch with me or seek advice from another healthcare professional.
Good luck and let us know how you got on!
Best, Sarah :o)