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What does it actually take to become physically fit?

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    I'd just like to be in a bit better shape than I am at the moment. I was terrible at phycical education at school... Everyone has their bad points. :P

    So having not paid any attention in school, what is actually nessisary to stay "fit"? Really, I'd like to look a little more toned than I do and I'm not that sure about how to go about it. I love swimming, and I jog every so often and cycle and walk places, But...something tells me I'm going to have to do a little more than that. D: lol.

    Umm any tips or hinters would be very helpfull, thankyou very much. (in advance)
    No mean comments. (please)

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    (Original post by Arghhhh)
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    I'd just like to be in a bit better shape than I am at the moment. I was terrible at phycical education at school... Everyone has their bad points. :P

    So having not paid any attention in school, what is actually nessisary to stay "fit"? Really, I'd like to look a little more toned than I do and I'm not that sure about how to go about it. I love swimming, and I jog every so often and cycle and walk places, But...something tells me I'm going to have to do a little more than that. D: lol.

    Umm any tips or hinters would be very helpfull, thankyou very much. (in advance)
    No mean comments. (please)

    Have lovely days
    if that is you just from what I can see, you really needn't bother... my expectations are the highest I know as well. If you're really that fussed just go running a bit more of look at bits of your diet...
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    (Original post by pshewitt1)
    if that is you just from what I can see, you really needn't bother... my expectations are the highest I know as well. If you're really that fussed just go running a bit more of look at bits of your diet...
    I know I don't need to work on anything too much... I just want to look a tiny bit more toned, I could run more though- at the mo it's pretty much just sunday morning if I'm bored. And I could probably lower my intake of chocolate. If you really don't think that I need to do any serious work out stuff then great, to be honest.
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    (Original post by Arghhhh)
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    I'd just like to be in a bit better shape than I am at the moment. I was terrible at phycical education at school... Everyone has their bad points. :P

    So having not paid any attention in school, what is actually nessisary to stay "fit"? Really, I'd like to look a little more toned than I do and I'm not that sure about how to go about it. I love swimming, and I jog every so often and cycle and walk places, But...something tells me I'm going to have to do a little more than that. D: lol.

    Umm any tips or hinters would be very helpfull, thankyou very much. (in advance)
    No mean comments. (please)

    Have lovely days
    The first step is to decide what you mean by "fit".
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    (Original post by NB_ide)
    The first step is to decide what you mean by "fit".
    I mean more on the toned side than the flabby side. Technically speaking I think my cardiovascular system is fine but (as I've said) I'd like to look a little more like I exersise, which as it turns out means I have to exersise. (more) I was just wondering wether there where any specific exersises to develop muscles in specific area's but could easily look it up online, just being lazy. Sorry to cause offence?

    I'm sorry if I've been a bit sharp- bit nervous anyway. Sorry.
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    (Original post by Arghhhh)
    I know I don't need to work on anything too much... I just want to look a tiny bit more toned, I could run more though- at the mo it's pretty much just sunday morning if I'm bored. And I could probably lower my intake of chocolate. If your really don't think that I need to do any serious work out stuff then great, to be honest.
    Why?
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    (Original post by sil3nt_cha0s)
    Why?
    Good question. I feel like I should. I guess (to be honest) I care quite a lot about the way I look.
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    (Original post by Arghhhh)
    I know I don't need to work on anything too much... I just want to look a tiny bit more toned, I could run more though- at the mo it's pretty much just sunday morning if I'm bored. And I could probably lower my intake of chocolate. If your really don't think that I need to do any serious work out stuff then great, to be honest.
    I think any gyms would be sort of a waste of investment for your goals really just eat what you normally do but just pay attention and lower calories occasionally and do home exercises but good luck either way
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    (Original post by pshewitt1)
    I think any gyms would be sort of a waste of investment for your goals really just eat what you normally do but just pay attention and lower calories occasionally and do home exercises but good luck either way
    Thanks- just noticed a sticky on the subject :" For the Girls - Toning, Diet and Excercise a very basic guide - Please read!! " right above my q. Thank you for being nice, I'll ave a look at my calorie intake and diet. Good luck with whatever you do too.
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    The best exercises are interval training. Basically you do a high intensity activity (e.g sprinting a 100m) then take a break and the repeat over and over again until you feel too tired to continue. This is excellent for losing fat and building muscle so this will help you a lot in getting that toned look. Also, it saves you time as burning 100 calories from sprinting is much quicker than jogging and plus you don't get as much muscle gain.

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/t.../Intervals.htm
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    (Original post by SuperSon1c)
    The best exercises are interval training. Basically you do a high intensity activity (e.g sprinting a 100m) then take a break and the repeat over and over again until you feel too tired to continue. This is excellent for losing fat and building muscle so this will help you a lot in getting that toned look. Also, it saves you time as burning 100 calories from sprinting is much quicker than jogging and plus you don't get as much muscle gain.

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/t.../Intervals.htm
    I will give that a go- thanks.
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    In the broadest possible terms:

    1. Lift weights.
    2. Do bodyweight exercises.
    3. Run and sprint.
    4. Stretch.
    5. Eat more vegetables.
    6. Get enough sleep.

    Go and try all these things and tell us what you discover.
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    Being in good shape =/ Fitness.
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    Being "fit" and "fitness" mean different things to different people. It can mean being able to run a marathon for some, to others, getting up the stairs without becoming out of breath.

    In my opinion though, I think fitness is a combination of cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, mobility, hand-eye coordination, proprioception, thermoregulation, insulin sensitivity etc there's many parameters

    The important thing to bear in mind is that different training stimuli elicit different responses. Doing interval training and sprinting may not make you a better long distance runner, nor vice versa. But other things have good carryover - like strength training to explosive power.

    Having a good physique though, is an entirely different thing. Read the stickies, and don't neglect weights by any means.
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    (Original post by Classical Liberal)
    Being in good shape =/ Fitness.
    Very good point

    You could have a lean healthy looking body, but eating crap isn't going to get in the way of your fitness.

    I know guys who go gym and have muscular physiques, yet can't run 100 metres without gasping for breath
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    (cheap) Gym membership may be nice, determination goes with it quite well
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    (Original post by Classical Liberal)
    Being in good shape =/ Fitness.
    Could you expand please, I don't understand
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    (Original post by Dmon1Unlimited)
    Could you expand please, I don't understand
    You could have a muscular lean physique but still have diabetes, high blood pressure, weak cardio vascular system etc.
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    (Original post by NB_ide)
    The first step is to decide what you mean by "fit".
    By fit it is meant that the physical exercises are not restricted to up-down hand movements in your bedroom.
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    (Original post by Arghhhh)
    I'd just like to be in a bit better shape than I am at the moment. I was terrible at phycical education at school... Everyone has their bad points. :P

    So having not paid any attention in school, what is actually nessisary to stay "fit"? Really, I'd like to look a little more toned than I do and I'm not that sure about how to go about it. I love swimming, and I jog every so often and cycle and walk places, But...something tells me I'm going to have to do a little more than that. D: lol.

    Umm any tips or hinters would be very helpfull, thankyou very much. (in advance)
    No mean comments. (please)

    Have lovely days
    Fit. :sexface: You can't change your nature.

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