You can go to the gym every day or only a few times a week. Regardless of how often you exercise, no one likes to spend endless hours in the gym, so it’s important to enjoy your workout time to the fullest. Here’s how to take your exercise to another level.
You’ve probably heard it said, “From wanting to do goes a great distance,” and this is a great truth with regard to wanting to be healthier. Commitment and a proper routine are key to building a solid fitness foundation.
Be realistic and honest with yourself; Am I really engaged in this? What is my main objective? Make a real commitment and start that fitness class or any other activity of your choice.
2. Plan, plan, plan
Without a plan, there is no victory. A trip to the gym can quickly become a waste of time if you do not have a clear idea of what to do, so instead of wandering around the gym if you know what to do next, make an exercise plan for each week and set clear training goals.
3. Stay Focused
While your commitment and plan are well-defined, life has a tendency to get in the way and can probably affect your routine. Do not stress; there is always time to do exercise!
Any movement is better than nothing, so keep a proactive attitude, set priorities and check your daily tasks and schedule to understand where to fit the workout. Remember: there is no “right time” for exercise.
4. Ask for help
It’s easy to want to maximize your effort right from the start, however do not get carried away by comparisons with people who already have a fitness routine a lot longer.
Take a physical assessment at the gym, ask the PT for advice or invest in individual sessions to monetize your efforts. The PTs have already shown better results and with your help you will know what you should and should not do.
5. Maximize your time
Double the effect with mixed exercises! Instead of training your muscles in isolation, maximize your time and effort with workouts that work on multiple muscles at the same time.
The Benefits? He works the whole body and his muscles work together, just as they do on a daily basis. Just make sure you focus only on physical exercise, do not start reading emails between sets!
6. Combine various activities
It feels fantastic when you finally learn to use a dumbbell or when you learn a choreography, however, the more you challenge yourself to change routines, the better. Your body will eventually adjust to the physical demands, so the activities are no longer as effective as they were at first.
When it comes to cardio training, try diversifying the machines, rather than always opt for the treadmill, and change your strength activities every two weeks. Also, try to fit one or your HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions into your workout; because they are great for speeding up your metabolism!
We all support regular exercise and consistent healthy habits. However, even good things, in excess, can be more harmful than beneficial. Excessive exercise can cause the body and immune system to “go down”, which will only delay the results you both crave.
Focus on moderation and remember that the best results come from work AND recovery. Stretching, swimming or yoga are great ways to recover, and never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep !
8. Be patient with yourself
Last but not least, do not be too hard on yourself. We all have hands days, with more stress or days with less motivation, and the pursuit of perfection can easily lead to negative feelings.
Remember to give yourself time, perspire, breathe freely, and miss the gym if you feel you need to be lacking. In the end, health is a combination of several factors: social, emotional, and physical, it’s not just a sit-ups to make you jealous. Be patient and enjoy life!