Monday, February 8, 2010

Exercise Tips

1. Eat a light snack 1-2 hours before your workout. This provides energy necessary to push yourself and allows your body to burn more calories. It also prevents fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. A banana or any fresh fruit is ideal.
2. Drink plenty of water before/during/after workouts and daily. Keeping hydrated increases endurance, prevents injuries, and promotes fat loss. Results has a wide selection of fitness and energy drinks.
3. Use Proper Tempo for Strength Training. Take about 4 counts to complete each rep and focus on contracting the muscles. You'll work harder, get stronger and leaner faster. Never rush your movements.
4. Plan workouts ahead of time and schedule them into your diary and lifestyle. Making time for yourself is just as important as making time for your job and your family. Scheduling also cuts back on excuses.
5. Keep it simple. As you become fit you’ll find that you’re able to do more. Striving for consistency not perfection is the key to staying on track. Regular visits are the key.
6. Strike a balance between strength training, cardio, and stretching. You'll improve your flexibility faster, prevent injuries, and burn more calories when you address all aspects of fitness especially the ones you find more challenging.
7. Manage your stress levels. Reducing stress will reduce fat and help you eat less junk. A stress free life will give you more energy for your work outs. Exercise is a great way to release stress but so is taking time out to enjoy what you love.
8. Challenge yourself a little bit more each time you workout. Whether it’s extra reps, a little more weight, or tougher cardio intervals. Working harder and pushing yourself each time is what causes your body to respond and to change. This will help you get to your goals quicker.
9. Set achievable and fun goals. Your goals may be to lose 1 pound per week or to ass 1 more push-up to set, while adding more veggies each day. You may even choose to participate in one fun healthy walk per month, or to a new group training class. Having short-term goals keeps you positive and moving forward towards your ultimate goal.
10. Don’t over do it. You can’t get in shape overnight so take it easy and progress yourself safely. Your body responds better to subtle changes so keep that in mind when increasing weight, running more miles, and trying new stretches.