Regular exercise is associated with a whole host of psychological, physical, and emotional benefits, and can have a tremendous impact on one’s overall wellbeing. Many times, however, we can struggle with incorporating enough exercise into our lives. Here are some practical tips.
Don’t get stuck behind your desk all day. Unlike our railroad-laying, dawn-’til-dusk farming ancestors, many of us don’t have jobs that require physical labor. If this is the case for you, try incorporating little exercises into your workday. Set a timer on your computer to alert you every hour. Stand up from your desk and either do a lap around the office or a strength move. These little bursts can add up to a lot of extra burned calories over the course of a week, month, or year.
Achieve optimal fitness by using your body’s processes to your advantage. Stick to smaller weights at first and gradually build your way up to machines. This way, you can work fatigue-prone smaller muscles first. Your larger muscles need less support from smaller muscles, so this is an optimal way to work your physiology to your advantage.
Do you lack a significant block of time to set aside for working out? Divide the workout into two separate periods or sessions. You don’t have to workout for a longer period of time; just split one workout in half. Instead of doing a one hour workout, do a half hour early in the day ad the other half later. If you would rather not go to the gym 2 times a day, then do one workout at the gym and one at home.
When working out in the sun or heat, be sure to stay well hydrated. Dehydration can occur during any workout or during long stints in the sun or heat, so exercising in the sun greatly increases the risk. Drink several glasses of water in the hours before your workout and enough during your work out to stay hydrated.
Drink water before, during and after your workout. Water is the single most important substance for human beings and is required by every cell in your body. It’s crucial to stay hydrated. Not only that, but during a workout, your cells can create a lot of waste products. Water helps flush those toxins from your system.
Use your workout equipment in an order to see maximum results. The order should be dumbbells first, regular barbells second and machines last. Doing exercises in this order will ensure that you don’t get fatigued too early in your workout, by engaging in the more labor-intensive equipment first. This also works your muscles out, from smaller to larger.
Your body is not the only thing that should be trained during your workouts, you need to train your brain as well. After all, it is in charge of your central nervous system which is in charge of telling muscles when to contract. To do this, try standing on one leg, squatting down and touching the floor with your other hand. Do about 2 sets of 10-12 repetitions for each leg.
People who exercise on a regular basis often notice a dramatic improvement in their mood, energy level, and stamina. The health benefits of regular exercise are well documented. We hope this article has been of use to you as you seek to make physical fitness a priority in your life!