By Danny Fritts
Fergie once sang, “I be up in the gym, just working on my fitness.” With summer around the corner, many will be looking for ways to become more fit. There are quite a few ways for people to increase their activity levels. Whether a person is an extreme athlete or someone who just wants to live an active and healthy lifestyle, there are fitness options available. Although it is challenging, fitness is choice that can be rewarding in many aspects of life.
Stephano Simmons, a personal trainer at Gerrity Fitness Center on Tinker Air Force Base, walked us through a few ways on how to implement and manage an active life.
Simmons noted that drinking plenty of water is a great start to living a healthy lifestyle. No amount of work can reduce the body’s need for water. According to Healthline, the Institute of Medicine recommends that men should drink 104 ounces of water per day while women should drink at least 72 ounces. Since every system in the human body needs water to function, drinking plenty of it is a great start.
Simmons also said that eating a big, healthy breakfast is vital to your body.
Like Adelle Davis once said, “Eat breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a prince and eat dinner like a pauper,” Simmons said.
Many people tend to do this backward. Due to the busy lifestyle many live, the majority does not allow enough time to eat breakfast. Once dinner rolls around, many people will eat an unhealthy meal that will sit in their system while they sleep, which can lead to unwanted fat.
When it came to exercising, Simmons made the case that eating properly is just as important when you have a certain goal in mind.
“You cannot out-train a bad diet,” Simmons explained.
For those that want to start working out, Simmons stated that full body workouts make a difference.
“Muscle balance is key. If you’re going to push, you have to pull. If you work the top, work the bottom. If you work the front, work the back,” Simmons added.
Beginners should start with full-body workouts because that is how our bodies operate. When we mix in different compound movements, that is where we tend to see results. As for bodybuilders, they tend to have split workout routines. For example, they will specifically work on chest and triceps one day, then back and biceps the next day.
A workout that Simmons uses for his beginners is known as Mindy’s 5x5. The five workouts are bench press, squat, deadlift, rows and overhead presses. A workout for people with a limited amount of time is working on pull-ups and squats one day, then dips and deadlift the next.
People live busy lives, but finding ways to be fit can potentially reduce stress levels and ultimately help people feel better.
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