Staying fit requires two main things, a willingness to work and a willingness to stick with it. People go into a new fitness routine with a huge sense of enthusiasm and excitement, but as the time goes on the novelty wears off, and so does the workrate. Use these tips to keep you motivated.
Use smaller machines first when you are handling weights. This is because small muscles tend to tire quicker, so you should target these muscles first before heading onto the bigger muscles in the body. By doing this, your smaller, more delicate muscle groups can rest while you work out your larger muscles.
To avoid injuries, be sure to wear shoes that are appropriate for your fitness activity and your feet. There’s more to picking out shoes than getting the right size. Feet and ankles can shift one way or the other, and there are shoes that will help keep them aligned properly, helping to avoid pain throughout your body.
Military pushups are a good modification for regular pushups. They provide more resistance for your arms and chest, and give you more results in strength and fitness. To go from a normal pushup to a military pushup, simply move your arms inward from shoulder length apart to less than shoulder width. Then do pushups like normal.
If you are going to the gym, try to strength-train with weights as much as possible. This is beneficial as it will help to reduce the amount of fat in your body and increase tone, helping to give you the shape you want. Do not strength-train too much, as this can strain muscles and set you back.
Many people think that you should work muscle groups that are active in many of the same workouts. This is not the case. You should actually try and work out opposing muscle groups, for instance, triceps and biceps. While one is working out, the other has the chance to rest.
When recovering from an injury, you should try and work out as soon as possible. Start out with only a few minutes here and there to test out if you are truly better. If you are, then you should start working out and build up the strength that you had lost while injured.
To make sure you get the best fitting footwear for your workouts, be sure to go shopping in the afternoon instead of the morning. As the day progresses, your feet actually become larger. If you shop in the morning, you may find yourself wearing some very uncomfortable workout shoes by the time you put them on for your evening session.
Never use a weight belt. While many trainers will tell you that they are great for everything, weight belts actually weaken your abdominal and lower back muscles. They put heavy pressure on muscles you are not working, causing your muscles to pull from areas they normally wouldn’t, namely your abs and back.
Consistency, consistency, consistency! These are the hallmarks of ANY fitness routine. If you can maintain your plan you will succeed. Use these tips to find new ways to work out or new reasons to keep up your motivation. Remember, we only get one body; let’s treat it right.