When we are young, fitness comes easily. We play sports or are active in our daily life. But sometime during middle age, our fitness tends to decline. And in our retirement years we may begin to really pay a price for letting our fitness wane. This doesn’t have to happen. Here are some tips that will help to make your story a happy one of continued fitness throughout life.
Even if you don’t feel like working out on a given day, at least try for five or ten minutes. You might find that once you get going, you can do more than that. Even if you don’t gain a second wind, a few minutes is better than nothing at all.
A good way to make sure you routinely do as much as you can to get fit is to take a friend to the gym with you. When you take friends to workout with you they not only make sure you don’t slack on going to the gym, but they help motivate you when you’re there as well. Working out together also relieves the stress and anxiety of going to the gym alone.
Set goals. Having something you’re working toward makes the exercise worthwhile. Whether you want to fit into a dress, run a marathon or look great at a reunion, setting goals helps you to see a light at the end of the exercise tunnel and helps you to focus on that goal.
A really good way to help you get fit is to make a small protein shake whenever you feel the urge to eat junk food. By adding just a scoop of protein powder, some ice, and a little bit of splenda, you’ll have a much healthier snack that won’t wreck your fitness goals.
When you’re weight lifting, doing several reps of lighter weights can boost your muscle mass greater than fewer reps with heavier weights. Muscle mass is is not built solely by lifting large amounts of weight; endurance is also key. Some of today’s heaviest weight lifters use this particular method.
See a physician before starting a new exercise plan, especially if you aren’t used to exercising. Discuss your general health and any concerns you have about starting to exercise. If you have unknown health problems you may do inappropriate exercises, or you may overdo it and cause injuries. As your fitness level increases you can do more intense and long lasting workouts.
One of the most effective ways to increase your swimming speed is to fully develop your ankles’ flexibility. Think of your feet as flippers, which must be able to extend and flex as you propel yourself through the water. Before your water workout, sit down and grab your feet, flexing them away and from your body and holding each position for one minute.
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.
Never accept pain during a workout. Pain is not a sign that you are doing something right, and you could really hurt yourself if you don’t stop when you’ve done too much. Know the difference between feeling natural tension in your muscles and outright pain. If pain doesn’t stop when you are done with your workout, consider seeing a doctor.
We hope these tips on fitness have given you a lot of good ideas. Applied well, this knowledge can help you avoid debilitating conditions later in life or to minimize the conditions that cannot be wholly avoided. Fitness is like holding a rope taut, not letting it go slack. Keeping fit throughout life is its own reward.