Fitness can be a very enjoyable activity that anyone can enjoy doing. However, for a beginner, the special gear and equipment used for some of the routines can be downright intimidating. So, what should a novice do to learn how to use them? Well, read the tips below, of course
When doing crunches, be careful not to strain your neck. If you put your tongue to the roof of your mouth while doing them, this can actually help to properly align your head and neck. Experts disagree on whether this helps on a physical or physiological level. Either way, it does seem to lessen neck strain.
Be sure to wear shoes that fit to aid you in your fitness routine. Ill-fitting shoes will cause multiple problems including blisters, ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, and an number of other issues. If you think your shoes may be causing problems, first be sure that they are not too old, as shoes can have a wear-in pattern. Also, check with a physical therapist or podiatrist as they may be able to provide you with inserts for your shoes.
Do not weight train two days in a row. When exercising your muscles, be careful about working particular muscle groups too often and too much. After weight training, allow your muscles at least 48 hours to recover. Anything more does more harm than good. You won’t see any favorable results.
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.
To prevent injury while lifting weights on a bench, make sure the bench is well-cushioned. When the bench is too hard, it can throw your spine out of alignment as you exercise, which in turn can damage the nerves in your arms. An easy test is to press down on the bench. Being able to feel the wood is a sign you need to move to a different bench.
Listen to your body when exercising. A little muscle soreness here and there is quite normal, especially if you have started a new kind of workout. Continuous pain is a different matter altogether. It is your body’s way of telling you that you have overdone things, and are in danger of injuring yourself, maybe seriously. Rather than self-medicating with aspirin or another type of pain reliever, visit your doctor.
Exercising with your dog can be a great motivator. Having to take your dog out can increase the frequency of your workouts as well as your enjoyment. Some health clubs even offer classes or activities that can be done with your pet, such as ‘doggy yoga’
Now you should be able to see why fitness can be such an enjoyable activity to participate in. There is so much fun and many benefits to be had as one tries to get themselves in better shape. With these tips in mind, you can start a better fitness routine.