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4.25.2005

Get Fit No Matter What You Weigh

In today's appearance-conscious society, it seems we are bombarded with information on weight, weight problems and weight loss. But it's important to remember that how much
you weigh is not necessarily a good indicator of how fit you are. Obviously your weight has an effect, particularly if you are obese, but this effect isn't the be all and end all that some people would lead you to believe it is.

The only things that will really affect whether or not you are fit are all related to how much exercise you can do. (Of course, if you begin to really improve your fitness and get in shape, you'll probably begin to slim 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.

When you start exercising you dont just burn fat, you also strengthen and tone your muscles. This will increase the rate at which you burn fat also. It can be disastrous to
start out dieting without a corresponding increase in your exercise. This will often end up burning your muscles instead of your fat. So you will lose weight, but not fat,
and in fact your body will naturally burn less fat as a result of having less muscle. This will make it harder for you to exercise and lose weight in the future.

If you exercise regularly you will be more fit than somebody who gets no exercise, this holds true no matter what your respective weights are. So no matter what diet plan you
begin you should accompany it with extra exercise.

If your goal is to improve your fitness you will need to establish a proper exercise regimen for yourself - a little exercise now and again isn't enough. You'll need to combine cardiovascular or fitness exercises with some basic strength
training.

Cardiovasular exercise is exercise that increases your heart rate. When doing this form of exercise your goal should be to increase the amount of time you can exercise for. This will increase your stamina and fitness.

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 Staff Writer of FOCAL Fitness. There are 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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