In addition to nutrition, your physical fitness is directly determined by your exercise habits. Your body will adapt to your daily demands. If you make limited demands on your body, you will get slower and weaker. If, on the other hand, you make increasing demands on your body, your body will adapt and get stronger and faster.
Like nutrition, many of us make physical training programs more complex than they need to be. And like nutrition, chances are, that if you’re reading this, you have already read other books and articles to identify what training program is going to give you the fastest results with the most efficiency (or for the lazy – the least effort!).
Happily, just like nutrition there are some absolute fundamentals about physical training that apply regardless of your fitness goals. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, run faster, or all of the above, there are basic rules to follow and if you violate them you will make little to no progress. If on the other hand you follow these rules and set yourself some higher standards you will make incredible progress towards your fitness goals.
Police Officers face a particularly challenging environment in which to maintain healthy exercise routines. Shift work presents a unique set of challenges to even the most motivated gym-junkie. The upcoming book ‘Four Habits to Fitness and Health’ will teach you how to successfully prepare for this demanding lifestyle.
Two Daily Habits to Boost Your Energy!
1. Exercise as soon as you wake up. This is the first step of the day to literally ‘Set Fire to Your Metabolism.’ Be warned though – you must conduct thorough warm ups to get the body safely into an aerobic state and avoid a ‘premature anaerobication’ which will deplete rather than boost your energy stores.
2. Always warm up. Always cool down. Spend at least ten minutes in warm ups and at least fifteen minutes in active cool down. A progressively slower jog and then walk at the end of an workout will stop any lactic acid buildup and keep you fresh for tomorrows workout. Incredibly, this cool down is even more important than stretching.