Many people don’t realize just how important fitness is to their life. Fitness is more than just losing weight; it’s committing to being the healthiest and happiest you that you can be. Here are some great ways to get fit and to propel you toward optimum levels of personal fitness.
Make sure you stretch before and after all of your workouts. This will ensure that your muscles stay loose and increase your flexibility, helping you to avoid injuries. The stretching at the beginning of the workout should take place after a warm-up of about five minutes, since your muscles will be warm and loose.
To reduce your soreness following a workout, be sure to perform adequate cool down exercises. This cool down period allows your muscles to loosen up and relax after your workout is over and signals to your body that the workout is over. Failure to cool down properly after exercising can cause additional soreness and even cramping to occur.
If you’re trying to get in better shape, don’t bother exercising when you have a cold, the flu, or another illness your body needs to fight off. Why? Your body has different priorities than you do — when you’re sick, it will try to restore your health before it will devote any resources to muscle-building.
When beginning a fitness routine start out slowly. If you try to start out at a high intensity, chances are you’ll burn out quickly and stop exercising all together. It’s also possible you could get hurt by doing something your body isn’t ready for and then it will be impossible to exercise.
If you are stuck at a plateu in your strength training routine, supersets will take you to the next level. When you do supersets it involves doing two different exercises, working the same muscle group, with little rest in-between. Supersets demand more from your muscles and need to be used only sparingly.
Arm lifts are a good way to give your arms a quick workout and to gain upper body strength. Simply take a chair, bed, table, or any elevated surface that is the same height as your mid section when sitting down, and stand in front of it. Then take your arms and place them behind you on the surface. Crouch down a little until your arms bend into a 90 degree angle, and then rise up. Repeat 10 times for 3 sets.
When you are working out, keep your weight training time to under sixty minutes. After an hour of weight training, your body will start to produce more cortisol, which is the stress hormone that can block the testosterone needed to build muscles. This will waste the muscles instead of build them.
Look for support all around you. It’s a lot easier to do a workout program when you are working with others. Check at your work, your neighborhood, even your monthly book club and see if anyone is interested in joining you on your fitness program. Having a partner makes the work even easier.
Think outside the box when it comes to your weight loss and fitness goals. Instead of doing the same boring things like running, walking, push ups, etc. try something fun. Why not take a dance class? There are tons of fun classes you can take that will whip you into shape.
Before using a particular bench in your workout, you should check the padding density by pushing your fingers down onto the cushion. Choose a different machine if you can feel the hard wood beneath the cushion. The proper amount of padding will provide back support and help you avoid bruises while working out.
Avoid trying to hack a basketball down when trying to take it from an opponent to avoid a foul. Instead try flipping the ball upward from underneath. This is more of a subtle, yet surprising technique that your opponent will most likely not see coming. It’s also much easier to grab it from a height than from the ground.
Keep track of your dirty and new fitness clothes by keeping the dirty ones in a bag separate from the clean ones. Keeping them separate makes them easier to find without having to dig through gross and smelly workout outfits. Then when the week is up, you can take the entire bag and wash them at once.
You can get a great workout while you do everyday things such as shopping. Add a bit more walking to your trip by parking further away from your location. Try walking for at least 10 minutes a day to see results. When shopping in the mall, try walking the full length of the mall.
A good way to try and recover faster is to work out the muscles that you had worked out the previous day, but lightly instead. This will act like stretching your muscles and will make blood travel faster through your muscles which will in turn deliver more nutrients to them.
Keep a log when you are using a pedometer to record your daily steps. You want to aim for, at least, 10k a day. The best way to track your progress is to have a journal where you record your daily step count, before you go to bed at night.
Jogging has many benefits. Joggers tend be non-smokers, they also tend to weigh less than their non-jogging counterparts. A recent study shows that jogging just one time per month helps to increase bone density, and that those who jogged 9 times a month or more had the greatest bone density.
If you have severe asthma or cigarette smoke allergies, make sure that you speak to your future landlord about whether there are non-smoking units available or how many people on average, smoke nearby. Many apartments suffer from this problem because they do not separate the apartments by smoking and non-smoking.
Getting fit takes some time; it doesn’t happen overnight. But working out a fitness routine and committing to your own success can help. Use these tips to help you do that and decide to work on your fitness no matter what. Be healthy by being fit and be happier as well.