Fitness means something different for everyone. Hopefully, the suggestions presented here are broadly applicable enough to help you in your fitness program, no matter how ambitious (or modest) your goals are.
Are you short on time? Make your workouts into two sessions. You don’t need to make your workouts longer, you should just divide them into two parts. If you’re trying to jog an hour a day, try doing a half hour right when you get up and another 30 minutes at the end of the day. If going to the gym is part of your routine, do this once during the day and then use another exercise for the second part of your day.
When working with weights, start with smaller machines first. Small muscles tire out before the large ones, so use dumbbells before moving on to the larger machines. By doing this, your smaller, more delicate muscle groups can rest while you work out your larger muscles.
Having strong thighs will insure against injuring your knees. A very common sports injury is getting a torn ligament just behind the kneecap. Target both your hamstrings and your quadriceps to ensure that your knees have enough strength. Both leg curls and leg extensions strengthen your hamstrings and quads.
Dedicate a small part of each day to exercising. If you don’t like “traditional” exercise, focus on simple things like taking the stairs every day at work rather than the elevator, and parking your car further away from stores when out shopping.
People often make the mistake of thinking that they should work on their six-pack every day. That is not the wisest choice. As with other muscles, abdominals need a break between exercise. Consider giving your abs a couple of days of rest between working them out.
To prevent muscle cramps, always stretch between sets. The idea behind stretching muscles you’ve just worked on is that you can increase your strength by adding to your ability to build muscle through increased circulation. However, because your muscles are already tired this type of stretching should be carefully considered to avoid injury of tired muscles. According to research, those men who stretch between sets increase their strength by about 20%. Also, stretching can prevent injury.
Box squats are a great exercise for building your quadriceps. Box squats can improve your regular squats. Just place the box behind you to do them. Do the squat regularly, but as you reach the box and sit down, you need to pause.
Weight lifting can help improve your running. Don’t be like other runners; lift weights! Research shows that joggers who also hit the iron regularly can cover greater distances at faster speeds, compared to joggers who do not lift.
Building stronger abdominal muscles will really help improve your general fitness level. Doing this is possible if you perform sit-ups (weights optional). Working on your abs will make you stronger and more flexible, which should help you in other fitness exercises such as weight lifting.
No matter how experienced or inexperienced you are when it comes to fitness, this article has advice for everyone. Use every tip and learn new ways to achieve your fitness goals and work them into your exercise routine. Make the time for fitness, and you will benefit from it for many years to come.