Getting fit can be a big life change, especially if you have never done it before. Even if you are used to a fitness routine, sometimes it can get somewhat boring and you need a change. Here are a few tips for both the beginner and the experienced fitness aficionado who wants to jump-start their fitness routine.
When selecting a fitness routine, don’t fall for gimmicks that say you can lose weight or build muscle without needing to work hard. The whole point of a fitness program is to work hard. Pick a workout routine that fits with your schedule and is difficult enough to challenge you without resulting in injury.
Maintaining a healthy fitness routine requires that you eliminate any reason to not exercise. Start small and only devote 15 minutes a day to exercising if that is all that you think you have time for. Once you start this, you can build from it and completely extinguish the “no time” excuse. If your excuse is that you are too out of shape, then start slowly by walking or even just doing basic stretches.
If you don’t already have a personal trainer, consider paying for just a few sessions. Often times you don’t need to pay for ongoing training, just a couple sessions to get you on the right track, and find out what kind of exercises you should be doing to meet your fitness goals as well as learning proper techniques for executing them.
To improve the effectiveness of your stretches, adjust the amount of time you hold your stretches to account for your age. Why? As you age, your muscles lose pliability, so you need to spend more time stretching them. The recommended duration for people under 40 years old is 30 seconds, while people over 40 years old should hold stretches for twice as long.
A quick way to workout your leg muscles is to do squats. Simply hold your arms out, pointing forward away from your body, and crouch down with your legs. Then stand back up. Do this about ten times for three sets each. The stronger your legs get, the easier it will be to do them.
When doing crunches, make sure that your neck is properly protected. The neck can easily be strained or hurt and cause major problems because of its location. You can easily align your neck by touching your tongue to the roof of your mouth. It straightens the alignment of your neck to prevent neck strain or injury.
Exercising with a friend or a group of friends is a great way to keep yourself motivated. Not only is it a lot of fun to work out or play sports with friends, a friendly rivalry will keep you on your toes and at the top of your game. Just make sure that the rivalry doesn’t get in the way of your friendship.
Anyone taking up a fitness regime knows how important it is to keep going once you’ve started. Use these tips as a foundation for your fitness program. Fitness is great for your entire body and you’ll find that you fall asleep more easily and feel more energetic. Stay fit and you’ll feel better all your life.