Leading a healthy lifestyle is something that we should all be (forgive the pun) actively and consistently working towards. And while we are all very much aware of this fact, being aware of it and actually having the time in the day to consciously make the effort is easier said than done. However, more and more often, it is becoming more and more obvious that not only should we be putting a greater emphasis on healthy habits, but that there are genuine disadvantages to not making the effort. So, how can you work towards a healthier future, a healthier and happier You?
One of the most effective healthy habits one can embody that will help them to change their life is without a doubt exercise. Of course, diet is fundamentally important as well, but exercise is where effort and reward meet enjoyment and routine. Working out is designed to push the body, but more than that, we are created to thrive when we exercise. So, when you are trying to figure out the pros and cons of cardio vs weight training, and which would be better for your circumstances and overall lifestyle, what should you be considering?
Think about your goals
Before you dive into the big, wide world of exercise, you must first understand your body and health goals. If you jump in without thinking, it is far easier than you might think to simply bounce from one form of exercise to the next, never quite sticking to one and always feeling like you are not getting the most out of your workouts. This also makes them significantly less enjoyable. So, think about and understand your goals first and foremost, and you can figure out an exercise routine that will genuinely help you to reach and then exceed those goals, always helping you become a better version of yourself.
Become familiar with your body
Exercise naturally makes the body ache, sometimes even painfully, after workouts. This is natural, but it is also something to be aware of and to monitor closely on a consistent basis. Why? Because sometimes your body’s physical response to exercise can be a sign of harmful distress. For example, if you mistake a sprained ankle for a small muscle pain, you can cause more damage. As you continue your fitness journey, you will naturally become more familiar with your body over time.
Switch it up to maximise results
Sometimes, the body begins to plateau if you do the same exercises every day. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and it is rarely permanent. Of course, any exercise is better than no exercise, but to continue getting the maximum results throughout your fitness journey, switching up your workout routine helps your muscles to be kept on their toes. This gives your body the best chance to excel and thrive, always getting fitter, faster, and stronger. At the end of the day, the key to working out is consistency and determination. The rest, you will figure out as you go.