Do you find yourself panting after climbing a flight of stairs? Maybe you feel lethargic all of the time. Does your busy schedule prevent you from exercising like you used to? If you answered yes to any of these question, you could probably stand to be in better shape. Luckily, the following article will teach you how to do just that. Below, we have compiled some great fitness tips to help create a leaner, healthier you. These tips aren’t hard and if you use them, there is no reason why you can’t reach any fitness goal you set for yourself.
#1 – Don’t Forget About Your Core
When you go to your local gym, chances are you’ll see plenty of people doing the bench press and dumbbell curls, but how many people do you see working on their core. Males especially tend to forget about their core and focus only on their upper body. However, it is important to note that working your core is perhaps the most important thing you can do with regards to becoming more fit. Your core is the stabilizer for your entire body and you use it for almost every movement you make, so be sure and incorporate core exercises into each and every workout.
#2 – Flexibility Is Key
When it comes to maximizing your strength gains, you probably don’t think that stretching plays that big of a role. You would be wrong. Studies have proven that increased flexibility leads to more more lean muscle gains. If you are under the age of 40, you need to stretch whatever muscle group you are working out for at least 30 seconds. Hold these stretches for even longer if you are older than 40. Also, you may want to start an after workout stretching regimen as well because stretching while your muscles are already lose will lead to the most flexibility gains.
#3 – Dress Appropriately
I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to the gym to see people lifting weight with slacks or jeans on. Whenever you exercise it is of the utmost importance to wear the appropriate attire. This is especially true for your shoes. Your shoes need to fit properly and be able to give your ankles full range of motion without hurting you. Studies have shown that ill fitting shoes can lead to feet and back problems after awhile.
#4 – Never Skip A Workout
Perhaps that hardest part of maintaining your fitness level is making time to exercise regularly. While everyone gets busy from time to time, you have to make it a priority to never skip a workout day. Even if this means you only do a 10 minute workout, do it! This will train your brain to expect exercise regularly and trust me, you’ll be glad you did every night before you go to bed.
These tips are not new ideas, however if you use them, there is no reason why you can’t get the body you’ve always wanted. Good luck!