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There are multiple elements to fitness, and this body workout tutorial will help you understand what you need to do to improve your health and well-being. In addition to following a body workout plan, you should eat a healthy diet and ensure you get adequate rest and relaxation to maximize the benefits of your workout.
Step 1
Cardio is the first element of your workout. Not only does it benefit your heart and lungs, but it also burns fat, raises your metabolism and can boost your energy levels, endurance and sense of well-being. Cardio comes in many forms — from dancing to cross-country skiing. The key thing is to pick an activity, or activities, you enjoy. The best calorie-burning cardio activities include running, roller-blading and using the stair-climber. You should aim to do at least 30 to 45 minutes of cardio per day, five days per week.

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Step 2
Strength training is the second crucial element to your body workout. Resistance training will improve your strength and stamina in just a few weeks, and you will continue to increase your strength as you train. The Powerhouse Gym recommends two to three sessions per week, of 20 to 30 minutes, with one rest day in between. This is enough to see both physical and mental benefits, as you develop fitness and confidence.

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Step 3
Flexibility and toning are valuable parts of your workout, and yoga can be an ideal supplement to your other training. Not only does it help you stretch and relax, but it also builds muscle and burns fat, according to the book “Yoga Fights Flab,” because the poses require you to use your strength to hold your body weight. Plus, the breathing element and constant movement make it a beneficial cardio workout, meaning it has all the elements you need to complete your workout plan.

Step 4
Variety is important to avoid boredom and challenge your body. Circuits are an ideal supplement to strength and cardio training. According to fitness experts, circuit training works your whole body and gives you an aerobic workout, which helps you keep your fitness levels high, even if you have limited time to train. Try following his 20-minute workout once a week, incorporating one-minute sessions of pressups, pullups, lunges and squats, as well as situps and jogging.

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