Any discussion of how to make fitness work for people needs to take into account the fact that most people experience fitness as difficult and boring. Even though being fit isn’t easy, it is necessary. It is not necessary for your workouts to be very extreme. Taking some time and some effort is all that you need to worry about. You may even enjoy it.
A great way to get the ball rolling is to find a personal trainer. They will help you set goals as well as achieve those goals. Walking into a gym can be intimidating at first, so go easy on yourself and hire a personal trainer to help you get right into a workout routine. If you take your time you will have a great plan in place.
Limit your weight lifting time to one hour. Besides producing cortisol, working out for over an hour actually causes muscle waste. This is why you should lift weights for only an hour or less.
Depending on your ultimate goals, you may schedule more or less strength exercises during your workout routine. Less frequent workouts are required to develop larger, stronger muscles. But if you’re trying to chisel leaner, more sculpted muscles, then up the number of strength training workouts you get in.
Seek a variety of workouts so that you stay interested and committed. You do not want to fall into the same routine over and over, do something new and see what you like, or don’t like for that matter. Try taking yoga or attending a dance class. Even a kickboxing workout or boot camp would do. If you don’t like a certain activity, you don’t have to try it again, but will burn some calories just trying.
Start an easy-to-do exercise journal for everyday use. This log should include not only the workouts you complete, but also any additional exercises completed throughout your day. Buy a pedometer and look to see how many steps you take during the day; write that down, too. A written record helps you easily track your progress while working toward your goal.
Before you start a workout on a bench, test the thickness of the padding by pressing your fingers firmly down on the cushion. If the padding on the bench feels like it has been worn down to the base, it’s best that you find another machine to use. A machine with thin padding can cause discomfort and bruising, failing to provide the support necessary during your exercise routine.
Flex as much as you can during all of your weight training efforts. This move allows your body to adopt a more efficient and safe position while minimizing your chance of injury and maximizing your workout. The more stabilized position of your spine greatly diminishes your risk for injury.
In conclusion, maintaining your fitness level may not be super-fun or super-easy, but it can be a little of both if you keep at it. The only person you have to let down is yourself. It’s a matter of doing something about it, and you should start sooner rather than later.