Working out can feel like a chore, but with the right attitude, discipline, and work ethic you can maximize your returns and really get the most out of your workout. The first step in getting on the fitness train is to find the motivation and more importantly commitment to stick to a workout regimen. There are some key tips which can allow you to get the most out of your workout while also keeping you motivated and having fun.
One thing that you want to do is throttle the intensity of your exercise. Too many people try to go all out when they first start, often burning out fairly quickly and potentially even injuring themselves. Start at a pace that challenges you, but is not painful. Experts say what feels like a 6 or 7 in terms of intensity is a good place to start. If you start off going too hard you will likely quit and also have strong carb cravings which could offset any upsides you gained from the workout.
The other thing and this is one that is often overlooked is to work out every other day. Many people try to go the everyday route in order to form the habit, but taking a day of rest after a day of exercise can actually boost your results depending on the type of workout and what your end goals are. Doing this means that you can restore your glycogen stores so that you have more energy during each workout and can hopefully do more and get a better output. Over time you can add more days of workout to your regimen as your body starts to produce more glycogen to keep you going. Certain recovery, for example for muscles after lifting, still requires rest days, though. Not resting can actually negate benefits and potentially even put you at risk for injury.
Before you even start working out you want to make sure that you are stretching and warming up properly. This is vital for a safe workout as it helps get the blood flowing and loosens muscle fibers so that you do not strain your muscles. Warming up the right way means doing big movements like Downward Dogs, body-weight squats, and glute bridges. You should also stretch as applicable. Just walking on a treadmill does not do the trick as that does not loosen enough parts of your body to really be effective.
When it comes to the gear you use for your workout that can be very important too, especially if you are running or doing something like that. Having the right shoes can mean the difference between major injury and comfortable working out. The best way to find the right shoes is to go to a local shoe store and actually try them on and walking around in them at the store. This will give you an idea if there are any unwanted pressure points with those shoes.
Overall, working out can be a challenge, but done the right way, you can get great results.
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