The Skipton Fitness Guru Presents: 3 Golden Rules To Getting Fitter

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Keeping fit in Green Park.

by Cerin Rees

Hey, Cerin, What’s The Best Way To Get Fit?

I get asked this question a lot because people are often confused or receive mixed messages about what they should do.

  • Go for a run!  But isn’t that bad for the knees?
  • Okay, try swimming!  But I can’t swim… and I feel self-conscious in my Speedos!
  • Why not get on your bike?  But what about the traffic and unattractive lycra?
  • Join a gym!  But I don’t know how to use all those machines!
  • And what if they end up doing too much?  You hear about people getting injured during exercise all the time
  • And what about classes?  You hear one person saying how High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the only way to go, while someone else swears by yoga.  Who should I trust?

Wherever you look there’s some pundit giving you advice about what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to exercise.  So I thought I’d join in and jump on the bandwagon too!  But instead of just adding noise, I want to help you figure out for yourself what the best way to get fit is.

Keep It SimpleKeep it simple

I could overwhelm you with facts, figures and charts (oh, I love a good chart!).  I could talk to you about hormones, metabolic rates or afterburn effects until the cows come home.  And, hey, if you’re interested then get in touch – I’ll geek out with you all night long!

But, in the main, I prefer to keep things simple.

So I’ve boiled down all my years of knowledge and experience into 3 simple rules for you to follow.  And with these 3 Golden Rules comes a Cerin Rees cast-iron guarantee: any exercise that helps you follow these 3 rules will get you fitter!

So, are you ready?  Here they are:

  1. Get out of breath
  2. Stay out of breath
  3. Repeat

And that’s it!  Honestly!  Follow these simple rules and you’ll get fitter.  I promise.


  1. Get Out Of BreathOut of breath

You want to find an exercise that gets you huffing and puffing!  During your exercise, if you feel the same as when you’re sitting on the sofa watching TV then it’s not working.  Either:

  • Do a harder version, or
  • Try a different type of exercise

Remember, we get good through experience.  If we never experience getting out of breath, we’ll never get better at it.


  1. Stay Out Of Breath

Once you get out of breath, you want to maintain that huffing and puffing feeling for something like 10-60 minutes, depending on how advanced you are.  Don’t be like my friend, who the second she gets out of breath sits down with a cup of tea and biscuit to recover!  No, you want to stay out of breath.  Remember, we want to gain experience of your heart and lungs working hard.

If it’s simply too difficult to continue, then either:

  • Do an easier version
  • Try a different type of exercise

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  1. Repeat

And once you find an exercise that gets – and keeps – you out of breath, you want to be able to do it again and again throughout the week – ideally two or three times.  If for whatever reason you can only do it once in a blue moon, then either:

  • Combine it with another exercise
  • Try a different type of exercise

At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, we improve through experience.  So follow the Little And Often approach to build up that experience.

So… What Is The Best Way To Get Fitter?Question marks

The truth is, there is no single best way.  We’re all too different for that, and there are millions of activities out there that can make you fitter so why just stick to one?  As long as they fulfil the 3 Golden Rules then they will work for you.  So be as imaginative as you can – find as many things as possible that fulfil the 3 Golden Rules and try them out.

And let us all know in the comments below your favourite ways to get out of breath, stay out of breath and repeat!


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