For many people, getting fit seems like an impossible task. It takes time and stamina and doesn’t appear to be all that fun. However, with the right workout plan, tailored to what you can do and what you find enjoyable, getting fit and staying fit can be a lifelong hobby. Following are some tips to get into the swing of things.
Before and after you work out, make sure that you stretch your limbs properly. Perform each stretch for at least thirty seconds. If you are unsure how to stretch, ask a licensed health professional, or consult an online website on the subject. When you stretch properly, you break up the lactic acid stored in your muscles and prevent soreness.
The key to being fit is to stay motivated. If you find that you don’t have enough time throughout the day to go to the gym then try waking up early and do some exercise before work. You can run and do push ups and sit ups as a workout to start out your day.
Set realistic fitness goals by considering the time you have available and your current level of physical fitness. By setting realistic goals you are less likely to get discouraged and give up. Goals also help you track your progress so you can adjust your goals as necessary to achieve an optimum fitness level.
If you’re training for a marathon, keep this strategy in mind: start slow for the first third of the marathon, in the middle third run at a comfortable pace, and run slightly faster in the last third of the race. This will help your body maintain its strength and power the entire length of the marathon.
At work, sit on a round exercise ball instead of a chair. Your back muscles and stomach muscles will get a workout as you balance yourself on top of the ball in front of your desk. Sitting on a ball encourages good posture because you need to sit upright, in order to balance.
To get the best results from your workouts, you need to make sure that you have the proper form. This will both give you the best workout possible and also reduce the risk of injury. Take the time to perfect your form and focus on quality rather than on quantity.
Don’t attempt to maximize your overall weight limit by adding a whole bunch of weights at once, without testing it. Try adding about 20 to 30% more than what you usually lift and then test, to see if you can handle that first. Start by lifting it off the rack and then holding it for a couple seconds and then placing it back onto the rack. After about 3 or 4 minutes, try your max and it should feel lighter than before. Never attempt this without a spotter, though.
If you are walking on a treadmill for exercise, try not to hold onto the rails. You can touch them for balance but you should not have to hold on when walking or running. If you do have to hold on, you may want to consider lowering the intensity level as it may be too much.
A great fitness tip is to try doing bench presses at an angle. By changing the angle when you do your bench presses, you’re putting emphasis on a different area of the muscle. Doing this can have significant results. You can either set the bench at an incline or a decline to change the angle.
Take photos of your body and the progress you’re making. You want to have something to not only motivate you but something you can reflect back on to see how you’re progressing. You can feel good about the progress you’re making after you see the difference a few months down the line, or if you feel it necessary you can change up the way you’re trying to get into shape to improve your progress.
Therefore, getting and staying fit does not have to be the unreachable pinnacle in your life. It’s just a matter of building up stamina by doing something you enjoy, an activity that will get your heart rate up and that you can do at least a few times a week. A routine like that may not make you into an Olympic star, but it can give you a healthy body, keep your weight down, and make you feel good about yourself.