Improving Your Fitness Level

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Fitness directly affects your physical and mental health. According to the CDC, exercising lowers your risk of many diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, heart disease, and certain cancers.

Walk More Often

One easy way to immediately improve your fitness level is to walk more. Walking is one of the most straightforward exercises, but it has a surprisingly significant impact on your health. 

If you have to be somewhere within walking distance, you should walk instead of driving. Doing this every day will result in real progress that will positively affect your health. You'll be surprised how much better you'll feel from walking a little more than you currently do.

One easy way to make sure you're walking enough each day is to use a step counting app on your phone. Decide on how many steps you want to walk every day, and make sure you do it. If you find yourself under your goal near the end of the day, go for a walk until you hit your preferred daily steps.

Play More Sports

When people think of exercise, they don't typically think of fun activities. However, a pickup game of soccer, basketball, or any other sport is a great way to improve your fitness. You're usually so caught up in the game that you don't even realize that you're exercising. 

Strength Training

Working out with weights (or your body weight) will help you increase strength and help to reduce your body fat percentage. It helps with heart health and makes you feel much better in general. You only have to do it a few times a week, and there's no need to lift to failure (when you struggle to complete a set) unless you have specific fitness goals. 

One of the most obvious benefits of strength training is how it makes you look. When coupled with eating a healthy diet, you will notice physical differences in your body, such as looking more lean and muscular. Since looking better does a lot for your self-esteem, many people with mental health problems use strength training therapeutically. 

Sit Less

The most significant deterrent to being fit is living a sedentary lifestyle. Laziness has a snowball effect and will make it more likely for you to decide that you don't want to engage in physical activities. The best way to combat this issue is to avoid sitting as much as possible throughout the day.