Need a bit of motivation to get you started on a smart fitness plan? We’ve put together these tips that will inspire you to embark on a journey of better health and a stronger body. If you’re ready, let’s hit the ground running, and begin to reach our fitness goals!
If the place you need to go to is within walking distance, walk there. If you live in an area where being on the road without a car is safe, do so. Walk to the store rather than driving there. If you own a bike, ride your bike there.
If you need to build muscle, drink a supplement when you just can’t exercise any more. That is, do what fitness gurus call “training to failure,” and work out a specific set of muscles until you literally can’t repeat the exercise another time. Then drink some milk, or another supplement full of muscle-building nutrients. Research shows that this approach increases the rate at which you gain muscle mass.
Add music to your fitness routine. Listening to music on your iPod while working out will keep you going for much longer than if you are doing repetitive exercises in a quiet area. Music will make you feel energized and help you keep pace by following the beat. Put together a specific fitness playlist, featuring songs that you know will keep you on track.
A great fitness tip you should follow is to make sure your weight workouts stay under an hour. When weight training for more than an hour, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. This decreases the level of testosterone in your body and has a negative effect on your muscles.
Improve your balance. Stand on a cushion or pillow, using one leg. Hold a medicine ball, or another heavy object such as a milk jug or phone book, and transfer it from hand to hand, behind your head, and side to side. As soon as this becomes easy, do it with your eyes closed. Improving your balance will help with body control and coordination, attributes which will help your athletic performance.
Running hills is great exercise, but can sometimes be cumbersome. You can make it a little easier. While running up the hill, focus your eyes on the top of the hill and keep your head up. This will make it easier to breathe by opening up your airways.
Strengthen your back to help end back pain. Every time you do a set of exercises that focus on your abdominal exercises, do a set of exercises that focus on your lower back. Working out only your abdominal muscles can cause poor posture and pain in the lower back.
You can prevent illness if it is really difficult for you to exercise during the week or if you just don’t do it at all by adding two 20 minute aerobic or weight workout sessions to your weekly schedule. This small amount of exercise can help you avoid sick days.
Most people will feel extremely tired or exhausted after a work out. You will most likely want to take some sort of pain killer like Advil or aspirin. Scientists have shown that this actually has little to no effect on reliving pain is no more helpful than a placebo.
Power up your heart by doing aerobics. Aerobic exercise, like running, can lower your resting heart rate. This is good because it’s a sign that the heart has become more efficient and powerful in pumping blood throughout your body. As your level of fitness increases, your resting heart rate will drop.
Put your Netflix subscription to good use when you want to find a new workout video. They are a little buried in the menus, but there are lots of workout videos you can try through their streaming service, and most certainly through their Quickster mail service. Once you’ve decided whether or not you like a video you can make and educated selection of what to buy for your library.
These fitness tips should inspire you to take a look at your fitness efforts with a fresh eye, work on things that need improving, and ramp up the routines that are working for you. Your goals are in sight, now, you just have to stick to your plan. Good luck!