With the fitness wave sweeping all over America, men and women now have decided to get off their couches to try all sorts of exercise and fitness programs. Throughout the years, the media has promoted many methods of getting fit, from weightlifting, to yoga, to crazy dance workout videos. Among all these trends, however, there is one that has retained a strong following: the triathlon.
Triathlon is a three-event competition consisting of running, swimming and biking. It is not for the faint of heart. It is definitely a hardcore route to fitness. The good news is you don’t have to do all the components of the sport to become fit. Just one or a combination of these can do wonders for your health.
The most basic of cardiovascular exercises, running is perhaps the first thing beginners should get into. If you are new to the whole exercise thing, running is your best bet.
To get started, you need some comfortable clothes and a good pair of running shoes. Find a nice trail or path and just run. The important thing in running is to get the most burn. You have to run at a pace that really gets your heart pumping. To work on your endurance, run long distances at a constant pace. For power, sprint for shorter distances.
The point of swimming is to move through the water efficiently. Your body should be oriented parallel to the surface of the water for minimum water resistance. You use your limbs to propel you forward. It is one of the best exercises out there. When you are in the water, your body is not in its normal environment. This means that along with water resistance, you will have to exert twice the effort as when you are on land. Swimming is also good because it does not put impact pressure on your body.
The third is biking. The best thing about it is that you get to work your legs while pedaling. Apart from the great leg workout, this is an exercise that can take you to some scenic routes. It is both a workout and a chance to appreciate your surroundings. If you do not have a mountain bicycle for long distance biking, you can always start with a BMX bike and do some circuits around your neighborhood.
Getting fit takes effort, patience and discipline. Going for a three-way attack could be a great start to your fitness campaign.