Fitness is a lot more that just working out on a treadmill or lifting weights. It is truly a progressive routine, complete with plans, maintenance, and goals. It has many routines and pieces of equipment that require knowledge, strength, and patience. Do you have what it takes? Regardless of your answer, here are some tips to help you.
Stretches should be performed before you begin your exercise and afterwards to cool the muscle from intense performance. When stretching, it is best to hold a position for 15 to 30 seconds and try not to bounce during the hold. Bouncing will force the muscle to hit a tendon or body part unnecessarily and may cause injury.
Ideally, your workouts should follow the same order every time: first, work with dumbbells, which works smaller muscles. Next, switch to barbells. Finally, move to the free-weight machines. You will have progressively engaged all the muscle groups in your body and are therefore more likely to see results in all sizes of muscles.
To stay healthy when exercising, it is important that your body be well hydrated. About two hours before your work-out session, drink about two servings (one serving is 8 oz) of water; during your work-out, you should drink at least 5 oz for every 20 minutes of exercise. Dehydration can have serious negative effects on the body and can lead to hospitalization if severe.
After a particularly strenuous workout of a muscle group, you can help your body to recover from the stress by performing a lightly targeted workout of the affected muscles one day after. By gently engaging the muscle, you are helping it to repair itself faster by enabling your body to more efficiently deliver nutrients and blood to the area.
Squeezing the muscles of your butt while lifting weights will help save your back. When you are lifting weights that cause you to lift over your head, make it a habit to squeeze your glutes. This will force your body into a position that will stabilize your spine automatically. A stable spine will lower your chance of back injuries.
Do your arm exercises in isolation. Isolating each individual arm will cause the specific arm to do more work than if you do both arms together. For example, when doing shoulder presses do one set with your right arm and then one with your left. The results will be better by doing each arm in isolation.
If you are about to start a new fitness regime and have not exercised before or in a long time, or have a medical condition of some sort that might be exacerbated by exercise, it is a good idea to see your doctor before you begin a program. Getting a medical check up will help ensure that you choose the most beneficial exercise program for yourself.
Now you see that fitness is a lot more that just jogging on a treadmill. It takes a lot of work to sculpt the body you want. You don’t want to overdo it and harm yourself, so why not take some time to learn how to do it right? The tips noted above should help.