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Theres More To Fitness Than How Much You Weigh



One of the most important things to keep in mind if you feel that you weigh too much is that fitness is not directly related to your weight. Of course, your weight will have some effect on how fit you are, especially if you're exceptionally overweight. However, this is not nearly as significant as most people would guess.

In reality the only real way to tell how fit you are is to see how much exercise you can do. You will find that if you begin an exercise program and begin to increase your fitness significantly, your weight will come down.

If your goal is to not only lose weight, but to keep that weight off, and to keep it off in a natural way - not using some fad diet - then you should look at increasing your overall fitness level, and the level of exercise you get everyday. Diet and exercise go hand in hand, diet will not be truly effective without exercise.

If you diet without increasing your daily exercise then your body will begin to burn muscle tissue, you will lose weight but you will lose your strength and fitness also. If, however, you start out by exercising more, you will be building and toning your muscles. This in itself will make your body burn more fat, you will lose weight while getting fitter and working on your figure simultaneously.

If you get exercise on a regular basis the fact is you will be fitter than someone who gets no regular exercise, regardless of your weight. Taking this into account you should start exercising more when starting any new diet plan, this will get the most from your new diet.

If you want to really improve your fitness, then you'll need to do more than just a little bit of exercise. Also, you'll need to do more than just one type of exercise. You'll need to do both cardiovascular exercise as well as some basic strength training.

For your cardiovascular exercise - which is basically any type of exercise that increases your heart rate by considerable amounts - you should work on being able to exercise for a longer period of time than you could before. This will enable you to build up some stamina.

You will also probably want to do some strength training exercises as well. While these will not increase your stamina necessarily, strength training exercises will still have a major effect on how fit you feel and will help you to tone your body.

Of course you don't need to be lifting weights! A small amount of strength training that doesn't even need equipment can make all the difference in your strength and confidence. You can do this exercise in the comfort of your own home.

In the end the most important factor in your fitness is whether or not you can do as much exercise as you'd like to be able to do. If you can then you are fit, if not then regardless of your weight the road to fitness need not be difficult, all it takes is a little determination.

Britannia Findlay is the Chief Editor of FOCAL Fitness You will find a lot of informative articles and great resources at her site. For all the information you want, visit: http://www.focalfitness.com


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