Make 2012 The Fittest Year Of Your Life

healthy snacks, pistachio, apple and string cheese( — It’s time to build a great new body, and there are great ways you can achieve this, season to season. By exercising three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes (make at least two of those workouts strength training), you can have the body you want in no time.

Winter: Base-Building and Boredom-Busting
Your resolutions probably came with a regular gym membership and not-so-regular motivation. But this is when you need a schedule most. You have to build a solid foundation of strength and cardiovascular health before you can move on to more intense and more fun activities. If you haven’t exercised regularly, start with 2 days a week. Hit 6 weeks, and it’s a habit. Start here.

Stay Low
Keep your cardio intensity lower than about 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, or a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. If you push too hard, you’ll peak early and burn out. Plus, you’ll burn fat by doing 30 minutes at 60 to 70 percent. When you train at lower intensities, you’re teaching your body to use fat rather than carbohydrates.