Burn baby burn!
Here are my top ten tips from getting the most from your workouts and burning those muscles!
Keep a diary:
You need to change or adjust your workouts roughly about every six weeks to stave off boredom and to stop your muscles adapting to a certain exercises. The diary will help you to monitor your progress and is also useful for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
Exercise with a friend:
Working out with your friend as long as you don’t chat all the time is a perfect way to spur each other on. The fact that someone is also waiting for you is a great motivator to get to the gym and not miss your workout.
Sticking to one area is boring, include, cardio, weights, general conditioning and stretching into your routine.
Never bite off more than you can chew. Long terms goals are fantastic for focus but can also be intimidating. Set yourself easy to reach short term goals as well to save disappointment.
Little and often:
The important thing is to keep training and to do it on a regular basis. Your willpower is in a constant battle against itself so a little time in the gym on a regular is so much better than no time at all. Even a 15 x minute jog is better than sitting at home watching the TV.
Correct breathing techniques are very important in not only oxygenating your blood but correct technique can also make you stronger on each exercise. By taking in the correct amount of breath you can actually increase your strength levels by up to 30%.
It’s only human nature to play to your strengths but it doesn’t make any sense at all to have a body and muscle groups which are out of balance which could easily lead to injury. Ignore your weaknesses and they will only get weaker. Learn to love the exercises you hate.
Instead of doing your usual programme on the treadmill start to add some gradient to your run. You’ll add a little more challenge and burn more calories to boot.
It’s a cliché but unless you actually enjoy doing something you’re never going to stick at it. Exercise is a long term if not a lifelong commitment, not something you just stick with for a few weeks. So find exercises you like and enjoy and reap the everyday and long term benefits they will undoubtedly give you!
After you’ve worked out relax with a sauna, jacuzzi or even a gentle swim. Not only will it make you feel good it will relax your mind and muscles and also help to prevent injury.
Best wishes Garth
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