Sounds mad doesn't it? Of course you exercise to improve your fitness, but too often when weight loss is your focus, you may forget why you're also doing it. Getting fit will help you lose and maintain your weight.
Having improved fitness or endurance has a whole host of health benefits and can also make you look and feel great! Whatever your current level of fitness, there is always room for improvement and there are many ways of achieving your health and fitness goals and there are many qualified professionals to help you along your way.
Whatever your plans, it is never a bad idea to improve your fitness levels. You can obtain improved fitness though various means which can help you to lose weight, to beat your jogging time, to make your heart healthier or even just to have fun.
In order to improve your fitness there are many exercises that you can do and many fitness programmes that you can adopt. For best results, you should engage in regular and intensive cardiovascular exercise that really gets your heart pumping at least three times per week and preferably four to five times weekly.
The best exercises you can do are running, rowing, walking at speed, cycling and a whole variety of sports such as tennis, squash, badminton, football, basketball, volleyball and anything that involves a lot of quick and spontaneous sprinting.
If you do not know where to start in what can feel like a very daunting project there are plenty of places that you can go to where help is at hand. Probably the best place for you to start is to join a gymnasium.
There are gyms across the country and in every town and city so there really is no excuse. A typical gym will have plenty of facilities of use to you but the best ones for this purpose will be the treadmill, the elliptical trainer (or "cross trainer"), rowing machines, stair masters, ski machines, steppers and the like.
Used properly, these machines will help you attain your goals and can minimise the risk of injury and maximise your time efficiency.
To make sure you exercise both safely and effectively, there is a plethora of qualified professionals to guide you and give you responsible advice. From medical professionals such as doctors and physiotherapists to sports personnel such as personal trainers and dieticians, they are all out there and waiting to help you.