Did you find it hard to get out of bed today? Do you feel tired and sluggish? There’s a chance you aren’t getting enough exercise and taking care of your fitness needs. Getting fit gives you more energy and makes you think clearer in addition to all the physical benefits it provides. Here are a few ways to put fitness first so you feel better.
Swimming is a great workout for people of all fitness levels, ages, and medical conditions. Water workouts create a high resistance environment where calories are burned quickly and heart rates increase, but they are also low impact and can be done many people who are not able to do more traditional exercise.
Fitness isn’t all about exercise. If you are going to get in shape you also have to be concerned with your diet. You cannot get in shape by going to the gym every day and following it up with a Big Mac. So choose a diet that complements your workout load from day to day. For example, if you don’t work out one day, that day is the perfect day for salads, or on a heavy workout day, it may be more acceptable to cheat with a burger.
If you’re trying to bulk up, start out by going until you can’t go anymore and then having two cups of chocolate milk. Sounds simple, but a group of those just beginning were studied and it was found that training “to failure” caused a weight gain of 5 pounds in 2 months, but only if followed by a supplement.
Improving your strength is important while trying to get fit. Lifting heavy weights for shorter periods of time is better for the muscle and it will lessen the chance of getting muscle strain. This applies to running as well. Running harder for shorter periods, with breaks, will help you get stronger in a safe and healthy way.
Do not equate a workout with calories burned. A lot of people make the mistake of deciding that just because they had a workout, that means they can add on a few extra servings or eat that fattening desert. Weight loss in fitness is about burning more calories than you take in. If you eat to replace the calories then your net gain will be zero.
Are chin-ups difficult for you? Try changing your mindset when doing them. Don’t think about lifting your body up; think about pulling your elbows toward yourself. This simple way of thinking will allow you to increase the number of chin-ups that can complete.
Everyone wants to run further and further each time they get on the treadmill or go for a run. Some people extend their legs so they get less of a strain. If you want a better workout, you should increase the speed of your steps and not your stride.
When riding a bike for exercise, you should try riding with only one leg. This forces you to concentrate on the one leg that is moving the entire bike. It also provides more of a workout for that individual leg if you ride it for a significant amount of time.
Put your Netflix subscription to good use when you want to find a new workout video. They are a little buried in the menus, but there are lots of workout videos you can try through their streaming service, and most certainly through their Quickster mail service. Once you’ve decided whether or not you like a video you can make and educated selection of what to buy for your library.
To avoid straining your neck when you are doing crunches or other abdominal exercises, try putting your tongue against the roof of your mouth. This will help you keep your head properly aligned while you exercise, which will reduce the strain on your neck. If your neck starts to hurt, stop right away.
If you are a runner, log the mileage on your running shoes. Shoes get worn out and when they do they can cause pain and injuries if they are still used. A good rule is to replace your running shoes every five hundred miles, even if they feel like they still have some miles in them.
If you feel a little beat up after exercise, you may be tempted to pop an ibuprofen or acetaminophen pill. Don’t do it. Studies have shown that these pills are about as effective as a placebo to relieve the pain associated with exercise. Moreover, it’s been shown that the pills can actually slow down the growth of muscles if taken post-exercise.
Fitness is about more than big muscles. It’s about getting healthy and setting a healthy example. The more fit you are, the better you feel and the stronger you are. Follow these tips and get fitter and you’ll know these things to be true. A fit body feels better and that’s the truth.