Staying fit requires two main things, a willingness to work and a willingness to stick with it. People go into a new fitness routine with a huge sense of enthusiasm and excitement, but as the time goes on the novelty wears off, and so does the workrate. Use these tips to keep you motivated.
When designing your fitness program, focus on strength and endurance, not just muscle mass. Increasing muscle mass doesn’t make you healthier and it doesn’t make you more attractive. Better fitness comes from a well-rounded exercise program that will increase your functional strength, raise your heart rate on a regular basis, and increase your lung capacity.
Set up your weightlifting routine around your fitness goals. If you are trying to create large, bulky muscle you’ll want to do more weight, but with longer rest periods between sets and between workouts. If you are trying to develop lean muscles with high endurance, you want to lift less weight, but do it more often and with shorter rest times.
One way to maximize your fitness routine is to change the order in which you count. Doing so will result in positive thinking, and push you to do better. It will be almost a “downhill” effect for your brain. Pushing yourself is all about positive thinking and tricking your brain to work for you.
Do not make it excuses. When it comes to working out regularly and sticking to it long-term, you can prove to be your own worst enemy. Once you make a plan to workout two or three times a week, stick to it. No exceptions. Don’t let yourself put it off.
It is not silly at all to emphasize the importance of a positive mood to fitness. When you work out in a good mood, you will exercise harder, benefit more, and be able to go further. When you feel positive while you exercise, you focus on the good results instead of the negative obstacles on your road to fitness.
Try your best to push yourself every time you work out. Your body gets used to the same workout regimen over and over so try to switch it up and push yourself each time. Try to work out different areas of the body so you let others rest while building other areas.
If you would like to avoid unnecessary soreness following your routine run, always include a cool-down to allow the sudden build-up of excess lactic acid to circulate through your muscles. In addition to a brief walk following your run, always allow time to stretch your muscles to avoid any pulls or cramping.
If jogging or hitting the gym is not your thing and you love gardening, how about getting the shovel and wheelbarrow out and getting in a little exercise in your yard? In fact, the National Institute of Health, lists gardening among the moderate exercises that are recommeneded for combating obesity. Just weeding for 30 minutes can burn over 150 calories and you’ll work muscles in your back, legs and arms, without the jarring that jogging and aerobic exercises puts your body through. So the next time you dread putting on your jogging shoes, pick up a hoe and take care of that flower bed you’ve been meaning to get to, for the last month. It’s fun and great for your body.
Consistency, consistency, consistency! These are the hallmarks of ANY fitness routine. If you can maintain your plan you will succeed. Use these tips to find new ways to work out or new reasons to keep up your motivation. Remember, we only get one body; let’s treat it right.