“A lot of emphasis is put on cardio exercises when it comes to training. However, there are other workouts that may help you achieve your goals faster and strengthen your core strength”

Nowadays, it is important to know about your workouts and fitness regime as fitness in no longer an option but a part of your lifestyle. But to achieve overall fitness, it is important to push yourself further and to achieve this, you need to get involved in different fitness programs. A combination of two or more workouts is a must to enjoy the benefits and this is also the latest trend.

Enhanced Awareness Of Your Body
As you begin to concentrate on fitness, you will begin to notice higher energy levels, a stronger physique, a feeling of well-being, and above all, you will acquire tools with which to fight general illnesses and all the baggage that comes with ageing. Body strength and fitness translates into an enhanced awareness of the body and this in turn will improve the quality of your life in innumerable ways.

Interval Training

A lot of emphasis is put on cardio exercises when it comes to training. However, there are other workouts that may help you achieve your goals faster and strengthen your core strength.

Interval training is fast gaining popularity in Indian fitness. It is a combination of high and low intensity workouts and mostly combines cardiovascular exercise. The higher the heart rate during the workout, the greater the intensity is of the workout.

Cardiovascular Activity

Any aerobic activity that can improve and strengthen your heart and lung capacity, can be considered cardio. Jogging, walking, bicycling, aerobics, and swimming are all excellent options. You could use any of these or even cross train by using a combination.

Remember to train yourself in to working a cardio session for at least one hour, as the body kicks into the cardio mode after about 35 to 40 minutes and becomes aerobic. It is only after this that the “calorie burn” actually begins. Interval training has a lot of these exercises.

Strength Training

Strength training includes, using light weights, rubber bands and tree weights to make up a routine that can help build and develop the muscles of the body, to look lean and well-toned, bring strength to the body and keep the body fit enough to deal with all the normal movements that body will be subjected to during any normal day. It will also keep you strong and fit, to pursue not just your fitness goals, but even allow you to play a sport at a level that will enhance the pleasure of the game.

Use machines, tree weights and bands, to develop both upper and lower body strength. Strength training will keep your muscles strong and give great body shape and toning. Weight training increases bone density and helps to keep osteoporosis at bay. You could fit in a strength training routine at least two to three times a week for maximum benefit.


This is one of the most important aspects of fitness. Flexibility can keep you going for the rest of your life, In every movement that you make. A stretch routine is an absolute must at the end of any workout as it relaxes tight muscles and also releases the lactic acid build-up that happens in the muscles, during a training session. Yoga is a very important part of any exercise routine and can be practised at least three times a week under the guidance of a good yoga guru. Various asanas helps to tone different parts of the body and relaxes both mind and body.

Note: Work with a trainer to get the movements right, as a wrongly done movement could cause injury, and also might not work the muscle that is being targeted.

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