When you think of fitness, do you just see it as something that you have no time for in your schedule? If is the case, then you have a very narrow view of the subject. Fitness is so much more, and it can be personalized so that it works with your own schedule. Read on to find out how.
To maximize your fitness routine and prevent injury, be sure to get rid of those old shoes. Shoes do not last forever, no matter how well you take care of them. They get worn down in certain areas and your foot leaves its own natural impression. In order to provide the maximum amount of support and cushion, first check for wear to your shoe, otherwise, assume that heavy usage will get about one year out of your shoe and medium usage will get you two to three years, in general.
Some people think that lifting heavy weight alone will get them into shape. While lifting weights is a good form of exercise you need to also keep in mind that cardio is another good form of exercise for your body. It can be hard to start out at first but running, biking and swimming are all good methods of getting into shape.
Stretches should be performed before you begin your exercise and afterwards to cool the muscle from intense performance. When stretching, it is best to hold a position for 15 to 30 seconds and try not to bounce during the hold. Bouncing will force the muscle to hit a tendon or body part unnecessarily and may cause injury.
It’s important to replenish your body’s sodium levels when you exercise, so make sure you aren’t letting them dip too low. Most sports drinks contain plenty of sodium, or you can add an electrolyte supplement to water. Keep an eye out for any symptoms of low sodium, such as headaches, muscle cramps and disorientation.
Military pushups are a good modification for regular pushups. They provide more resistance for your arms and chest, and give you more results in strength and fitness. To go from a normal pushup to a military pushup, simply move your arms inward from shoulder length apart to less than shoulder width. Then do pushups like normal.
Using free weights is a time tested method of improving fitness. Weight can be adjusted to the individual’s needs, for maximum workout effectiveness. Although they can be dangerous to someone using them by themselves, they have been proven to work. As long as you are using the proper technique, you can improve your fitness with free weights.
Pack a lunch and eat in the park instead of eating out. Not only will you get some fresh air and sunshine, but you’ll undoubtedly consume healthier foods. The fact that you walk to the park for your lunch has the added benefit of giving you a much needed break and a little bit of exercise!
After reading through all of that, do you still see fitness in the same way? Do you now see that it is so much more, and that they are very simple things that you can add to your schedule to help improve your appearance and health? It doesn’t have to be hard work; it’s whatever you make it.