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.
Do not make it excuses. When it comes to working out regularly and sticking to it long-term, you can prove to be your own worst enemy. Once you make a plan to workout two or three times a week, stick to it. No exceptions. Don’t let yourself put it off.
To get fit, and stay fit, you should consider the effects of your lifestyle as a whole. While a small portion of your time set aside for exercise will help you get fit, there are much greater benefits to be had with a holistic approach. Minimize any unhealthy activities and seek out healthy alternatives that contribute to your overall fitness.
A great way to get fit is to consult with a professional bodybuilder. A lot of bodybuilders have their own web sites where they offer a service that gives you the opportunity to pay to have your own consultation with them. You can get their experienced advice on your diet and workout routine.
As you get older your muscles become significantly less flexible, which increases the risk that your muscles will become painfully strained. If you are younger than 40, you should try to hold each stretching position for at least 30 seconds. After 40, increase the holding time to a full minute. This will keep your muscles pliable and strain-free.
To build more muscle, try multiplying what the overall weight you lift is by how many times you actually lift it. The great things is that there is a lot you can do to improve this number. You can try lifting more weight, doing more sets per routine, or doing more repetitions in each set.
If you live near a city, there will be many different events and runs that you can participate in, such as a 5k. Sign up for the next big run in your area and commit yourself to training for it over the next couple of months. This will help increase your motivation and fat burning potential.
Even something as simple as a ten minute walk can raise your spirits, relieve tension, and get your energy levels up. If you can’t walk during the day, take a friend along for an evening walk, and you can also burn calories from your dinner while you’re at it.
To build stronger abdominal muscles, don’t overdo it. You don’t want to do abdominal exercises every day of the week. Just like the other muscles in your body, your abs need to rest between workouts. Do your abdominal workout, just two or three days a week for the best results.
Listen to your body if it’s telling you that rest is needed. Trainers often tell you to rest only after specific exercises, or only when you are changing from one type of exercise to another. Your body should be listened to more than they are. When your body tells you it’s time to rest, pay attention. If you over do it then you risk injury.
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.