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The Fitness Evolution

As science has progressed over the last 50 or so years, it has become more and more apparent that health is directly linked to weight and overall fitness. Before the 60's, being voluptuous with soft curves was definitely the desirable look.

Tip: Walking is an excellent way to improve the way your body looks. Walking heel to toe starts that involves pushing your heels first and toes last can boost your calves' efforts.

But quiet suddenly (when taken in terms of how trends develop over time) people wanted to be trimmer and firmer. This had a lot more to do with image than it did with being healthy. Being rich or famous meant that you had access to a healthier lifestyle and even if you did not own a fortune, you could certainly look as if you were wealthy.

Tip: If your goal is to become fit and healthy, try to find fitness programs that strengthen your muscles and help you become more flexible. Local classes are optimal as they are more convenient than others.

Actors, actresses, models and other famous people of the era were also getting thinner and were talking about exercising and dieting. Although not everybody was jumping on the band wagon, changes were being made to incorporate the new look into lifestyles.

Tip: When starting a new fitness plan, it is a good idea to be a little unconventional. There is a large number of activities that would help you losing weight.

The fitness revolution only really came about in the 80's when different forms of exercise were suddenly available to every person. The advent of new technological devices also played a role in getting bums off couches and getting fit.

Tip: Write down all the exercises that you perform in a fitness diary. This log should include not only the workouts you complete, but also any additional exercises completed throughout your day.

The videocassette recorder, or VCR as it was better known at the time, allowed fitness experts and stars to promote their exercise routines to the general public. In turn, everybody wanted to get in on the act and started an exercising revolution in the living room.

Tip: Taking a run outside is generally better than being on a treadmill in the gym. Treadmills are great to use when the weather doesn't allow outdoor exercise, but there is nothing quite like running on pavement.

Morning breakfast television shows dedicated segments to aerobics and other exercise phenomena and television in general became more about getting off the couch than relaxing and taking in a show. Doctors were telling their patients to loose weight and exercise if they wanted to avoid a heart attack and live longer. High impact cardiovascular exercise was the in thing.

Tip: Make a schedule to motivate yourself to exercise frequently and consistently. Decide the number of days that you will work out each week and make a commitment to follow your schedule.

The 90's ran with the fitness phenomenon that was sweeping the globe and everybody just had to have a membership to a gym. This gave people access to different types of equipment and a variety of exercises to help them trim down and tone up.

Tip: Always make time every day to do your exercises. Walk up and down the stairs in your office or house or park further away from the grocery store.

In the new mellenium, a new fitness trend evolved bringing back some old exercise trends while revolutionizing the newer fitness regimes. Pilates, yoga and thai chi became the new way to gain the ideal body and a better understanding of how muscles and exercise improve overall health.

Tip: Some people overdo exercise because it doesn't seem to burn the calories that people expect it to. The problem with this is that you can quickly push yourself to a dangerous level of exhaustion, which can lead to other health problems.

Cardiovascular exercise took a new turn by decreasing the high impact nature of exercise while increasing the energy burning capacity of the routine. It was also no longer just cycling or running as fast and as long as possible, but integrating different difficulty levels into your fitness program. Even dancing, boxing and other forms of traditional exercise were upgraded to become far more intense.

In the current decade, fitness and exercise is beginning to play an even more important role in lifestyle choices. At the same time, fitness choices are becoming much more individualized as people try to find an exercise routine that they enjoy and that provides them with all the health benefits of being fit.

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