In this bold, fitness-driven world, your benefits include being strong, looking fantastic and feeling even better. Life is good. If you are one of the minority of people who regularly go to a gym for exercise, then congratulations! It means you have the right priorities and terrific discipline. A healthy exercise habit should blend fun and fitness, effort with results. Instead of dreading the gym, learn to streamline the process using these healthy exercise habits to get more out a workout than ever before.
1. Know Your Limits
Seriously, know your personal limits. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen somebody give up too early or get hurt during training or racing because they simply had no idea what their real thresholds were. The whole idea behind training and/or competing is to push your thresholds to the limits to fulfill your potential. If you don’t know what your limits are, how can you possibly know what your potential is?
2. No Pain, No Gain
You would think that this myth has been beaten to death or at least shooed from popularity, but I hear it surprisingly often from people who honestly believe that they need to kill themselves every day during training to maximize their workouts. DON’T DO THAT!!!!
3. The Farce Of The Low-Carb Diet
True, monitoring carb intake is one of the best ways to play around with your weight, but does it really work in the long run??? Ask yourself how long can you stay away from carbs? I believe that your eating has to be a lifelong process and you need to make healthy choices that you can sustain.
4. Create Variety In Your Training
Any good training regimen needs to include a mix of cardio, weights, free hand, interval training, pilates, etc…. you need to change your routine to not only add variety but also to train your body from different angles which will show better results and also beat boredom.
5. Set Realistic Goals
I’ve found the best way to work towards improving your fitness is to set realistic goals. This simply means that you need to know your body – its strengths and limitations. Set goals which are specific, measurable and achievable. For example if you haven’t worked out in a year and you need to lose weight think of first getting back into a routine of working out. Don’t set out with a goal of “I have to lose 10 kilos” you are setting yourself up to fail. Think of being regular with you workout and good with your diet every week, that itself is an achievement for the week. It takes a lot of hard work and more importantly will power to achieve your goals.
6. You Cannot Spot Check Fat
The fact about fat is that fat tissue and muscle tissue are different. They only way to reduce fat percent in your body is to build muscle which increases your metabolic rate and burns more calories, you cannot lose fat from certain areas. If you have a tendency to put on fat in a certain area it will only go once your overall fat percent in the body has dropped. It is a combination of strength training, cardio and a good food plan that will help you lose that fat.