Recent studies have shown that when people are given specific strategies to improve their activity levels, their motivation is higher than people that are starting out on their own without useful information to change their behaviors about exercise. The following strategies are simple, yet action-oriented to get you started on implementing a fitness program into your life.
In order to maximize your fitness routine, be sure to always stretch. Stretching will help to prevent injury. Many times you may think that you do not have to stretch, or that if your exercise is light enough that your body will stretch itself. This is never the case, and becomes more important the older you get. Always stretch to prevent injury and get the most out of your workout.
Do not forget to do your cardio. Even if you are trying to just build muscle to your frame, cardio is essential. It adds some variety to your workout. It keeps your body limber and doesn’t allow your muscles to settle into a routine. Over time it is also a great way to build lean muscle.
In order to maximize your fitness potential, be sure to lightly exercise sore muscles the next day. This will allow blood to flow into the muscles at a much higher rate, therefor speeding up the healing process. Be sure to do more repetitions, but at a lighter weight or lighter strain.
Learning to cook healthy meals is an under-appreciated but important part of any fitness routine. Foods that come from the grocery store prepared or pre-cooked are packed with unhealthy additives like sodium and artificial sweeteners. Learning how to fix tasty, healthy meals using fresh ingredients frees the fitness-minded chef from these nasty artificial ingredients.
Staying on your fitness program is the single-most important gift you can give yourself and family. By significantly increasing your activity levels, the pay-off will be that you will feel better, look better, and the exercise will increase your energy level. Give yourself the gift of health by implementing a fitness and exercise plan into your life.