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.
One way to maximize your fitness routine is to change the order in which you count. Doing so will result in positive thinking, and push you to do better. It will be almost a “downhill” effect for your brain. Pushing yourself is all about positive thinking and tricking your brain to work for you.
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.
Before starting your workout, always remember to warm up, as this will prepare your muscles for physical activity. Spend five minutes performing a low intensity version of your main workout, and incorporate stretching exercises. This will increase your body temperature, and increase blood flow to your muscles, making them much more flexible.
Vary your exercise activities so you can get the best results. If you usually exercise indoors, try playing basketball or walking outside. Running up a hilly sidewalk will result in different muscles being used and challenged. When exercise is varied, it is harder for the body to plateau, so weight loss can continue.
A good way to help you lose weight is to try your hand at rock climbing. Rock climbing is one of the hardest physical activities you can engage in. If you have the stomach for it, you’ll be burning more calories than you can count, and you’ll be fit in no time.
If you are attempting a dead-lift exercise and want to protect your joints, mainly your knees, you should never max out with the weight you’re lifting. Attempting to lift too much weight will cause you to bounce and jerk upon lifting, and this can easily damage your knees and other joints. Going easy on the weight helps you go easier on the joints.
When it comes to exercise, don’t take the “all or nothing” approach. It is much better to sneak in a little bit of exercise than to do nothing at all. Just a simple walk will help with your overall health. If you only have one day a week to commit to strength training, you will still see benefits.
If jogging or hitting the gym is not your thing and you love gardening, how about getting the shovel and wheelbarrow out and getting in a little exercise in your yard? In fact, the National Institute of Health, lists gardening among the moderate exercises that are recommeneded for combating obesity. Just weeding for 30 minutes can burn over 150 calories and you’ll work muscles in your back, legs and arms, without the jarring that jogging and aerobic exercises puts your body through. So the next time you dread putting on your jogging shoes, pick up a hoe and take care of that flower bed you’ve been meaning to get to, for the last month. It’s fun and great for your body.
Keep track of your workouts. Keeping a daily or weekly log, tracking all of your workouts, ensures that you are making progress in your exercises and it will help hold you accountable. Write down things, such as duration, frequency, weight sizes and sets, reps and how your workout made you feel.
To improve your fitness regime you should try to increase your swimming speed. You can do this by increasing the flexibility of your feet. When you have flexible feet, you can propel through the water faster. To increase this flexibility, you should sit on the floor with bare feet. Stretch out your legs with your heels on the floor. Point your toes out as much as you can and then flex them toward your shins as much as possible. Do this for one minute.
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.