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!
An easy way to work out your abs while doing any other activity is to hold in or flex your ab muscles. Doing this move on its own can, sometimes, be equivalent to doing a sit up. Doing it while working out or even just walking, helps strengthen the ab muscles and improves posture, since it is strengthening your core muscles.
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.
Walking is a popular exercise and a great way to maintain fitness. It improves circulation, burns calories and strengthens your muscles. While walking, be sure to walk as straight up as possible without arching or leaning forward or backward. Avoid tilting the body, as this will increase your chance of straining muscles.
You can do more than traditional abdominal exercises to build great abs. Dead-lifts and squats are shown to build ab muscles. Studies have shown that by doing these two exercises your abdominal muscles are forced to do a lot of work in order to maintain your posture while exercising.
Periodically check for a full range of motion in your shoulders. Encourage flexibility by doing small shoulder circles and other exercises that focus on the shoulder joints and shoulder muscles. Working on your shoulders will help you perform daily activities, such as reaching and lifting heavy items, easily and comfortably.
Whenever you have the option, opt for stairs rather than the elevator. Stairs can be a great work out for many of your body parts and it can burn a lot of calories. If you don’t have much time for exercising throughout your day, this can be a great way to fit some exercise in.
With most popular chain restaurants offering massive servings of almost all menu items, it is important to be careful about how much food you consume in a single sitting. Though it can certainly be tempting to clean your plate when dining out, it is much wiser to divide your entree at least in half before you begin to eat, and immediately pack the remainder to take home for the following day’s lunch.
Put it in reverse. If you typically work out on a treadmill or elliptical machine, try reversing your stride to enhance your muscles. Because your body is not accustomed to the reverse motion, it works different muscles and causes you to work harder. Gradually add a few minutes of reverse motion into each workout to really feel the burn and see results.
When you go shopping for fitness shoes, try to do it as late in the day as possible. Your feet swell throughout the course of the day, regardless of what you are doing. Exercising can also make your feet swell. Later in the day your feet are closer to the size and shape they will be at the end of a workout, so fitness shoes fitted then will treat your feet better.
Believe it or not, what you wear during a workout routine is very important. Wearing heavy clothing is not advised because it can make you sweat more and cause dehydration. To give the proper support to your breasts during exercise, wearing a sports bra is recommended.
If you need to add a challenge to your fitness routine but are not ready to design a new workout, try completing your workout in less time. Pushing yourself to complete the same exercises in 90 percent of the time you normally use, will provide a more challenging, intense workout session.
If you want to make your weightlifting routine faster, without sacrificing any fitness benefits, build a routine that does not require any weight changes. Start with the heaviest weight that you can manage, for your weakest exercise. Adjust the reps and sets of your other exercises, so that they can provide a decent workout with this same amount of weight.
One little improvement you can make to your overall fitness level is to stop being passive when you watch TV. Lots of low to moderate-impact cardio exercises can be done in front of the television without demanding much of your attention. You can do even tougher exercises during the commercial breaks, too.
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!