Recent studies have shown that when people are given specific strategies to improve their activity levels, their motivation is higher than people that are starting out on their own without useful information to change their behaviors about exercise. The following strategies are simple, yet action-oriented to get you started on implementing a fitness program into your life.
If working out in a gym bores you, you are not alone. Don’t be discouraged to see other people fervently exercising in the gym. People are different, tastes are different. What one person loves, is not necessarily what you will love. It is logical that you would be bored by certain activities. The key is to find the physical activity that you love.
It is not silly at all to emphasize the importance of a positive mood to fitness. When you work out in a good mood, you will exercise harder, benefit more, and be able to go further. When you feel positive while you exercise, you focus on the good results instead of the negative obstacles on your road to fitness.
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.
Listen to your body when exercising. A little muscle soreness here and there is quite normal, especially if you have started a new kind of workout. Continuous pain is a different matter altogether. It is your body’s way of telling you that you have overdone things, and are in danger of injuring yourself, maybe seriously. Rather than self-medicating with aspirin or another type of pain reliever, visit your doctor.
The frequency with which you should do strength training will turn on how you have defined your overall goals. If you want more muscle mass, do less strength training. If you want to reduce your fat, increase the intensity and volume of your workout.
If you’re exercising to lose weight and find it hard to commit to an hour at a time, break it up into small chunks. You can get 4 mini-workouts throughout the day, and that way you don’t spend a lot of time and still manage to get your body moving.
Do not equate a workout with calories burned. A lot of people make the mistake of deciding that just because they had a workout, that means they can add on a few extra servings or eat that fattening desert. Weight loss in fitness is about burning more calories than you take in. If you eat to replace the calories then your net gain will be zero.
Integrate exercise into your life so that it becomes normal and natural. Research has shown, that in order to be healthy, you need to be active on a daily basis. This is one reason why doctors recommend simple things like walking the dog, taking the stairs and doing yard work. Any amount of activity is worth doing.
Stretch those hamstrings. The muscles at the back of your thighs, commonly called the hamstrings, are some of the most ignored muscles in the body. Tight hamstrings can lead to back problems, poor movement and a higher chance of injuries. Stretch them and enjoy a fuller range of motion for both your hips and lower back.
You can easily save your back from injury when lifting weights by squeezing your butt cheeks together tightly. This causes your posture to improve while lifting because it stabilizes your spine. This stabilization protects your back from strain or injury, so try doing this during your next weight lifting session.
Try to cut down the amount you rest during your time in the gym. Many people have limited time, and you should try and rest less during the beginning of your workout when your muscles are less tired, and at the end you can rest more when they are fatigued.
Staying on your fitness program is the single-most important gift you can give yourself and family. By significantly increasing your activity levels, the pay-off will be that you will feel better, look better, and the exercise will increase your energy level. Give yourself the gift of health by implementing a fitness and exercise plan into your life.