The research has proved that regular workout is a major factor in living a long and healthy life. According to the study conducted at the Harvard University, people that do exercise to keep fit daily have various benefits as opposed to those that do not. Examples of these advantages are, prevents weight gain, reduces the risk of falling among older adults, and improves sleep. Even though to some people, this may appear like normal, sometimes it may be hard to know where to start and how to continually exercising every day. The following are just some of the alternative fitness tips which are not common but will help you as you begin and continue stretching daily.
1. Pledge to your exercise plan
Starting any goal or activity is easy, but finishing that goal or activity is the challenging part. Before you begin workouts, make sure that your training goals are realistic. Choose exercises that are enjoyable to you and schedule out a week of exercises. In this calendar indicate which workout you will perform on which days and stick to it.
The more that you build muscle through exercise the easier exercising will become. However beginning and stopping every few weeks or even months does not provide the sustained growth that practicing every day does. So when you make your exercise plans and goals be certain that it is a plan that you can commit to.
2. Begin Gradually and Slowly Increase your Level of Activity
When you start practicing, choose where you are at with your physical fitness and begin slowly and increase your exercise as your level of fitness increases. Avoid generalized workouts because they are designed to work for as many people as possible. What that may work for you might not work for someone else.
Don’t get stuck in a pattern. Continue to progress and make the exercises challenging. As your body grows in strength and endurance activities that were once challenging will no longer be as challenging. The important part of the workout is daring your body to achieve more each time. This way, a sustained muscle growth is achieved.
3. Save Stretching For Last
Think of your body like a rubber band that has been placed in a freezer. If you try to stretch a rubber band that you have gotten out of the freezer, it breaks. The same thing applies to our bodies and muscles. They take the time to warm up, that is why it is important to stretch throughout your exercising. Many people assume that they should stretch before they do an exercise.
When you decide to run or go on a walk, you should stretch your muscles after you have finished. This time gives your muscles a chance to loosen up a little bit and will make your stretching more beneficial for your overall mobility. Stretching can be a great tool to help with overall mobility but only when done right and at the right time.
4. Exercise With a Friend.
Doing your workouts with someone that is interested in your exercise goals can help you to be motivated to achieve your goals. In case you do not desire to exercise with someone, you should explain your exercise goals to friends or a member of your family so they can help you with the process. Having someone to help motivate and encourage is a good way of having exercise success.
Another aspect of exercising with a friend is the social aspect of exercising. Sometimes it is just good to have someone to talk to when you wake up for that early morning weight training session, jog, or walk, jog.
5. Don’t Exercise Painfully
The old saying of ‘no pain, no gain’ should not be considered when exercising. Reasons vary for why people want to exercise but for the most part it is to become healthy. Stop anytime during exercise when you feel pain. The last thing that you want to do is to hurt yourself and not be able to perform daily tasks or to continue exercising daily.
One of the best ways to recover from an injury or overcome illness is to hydrate; the same thing applies when exercising. When you do the workout, you lose water through sweat that water needs to be replaced.
According to Webmd.com, you should be drinking six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day (48-64 ounces) and 8 ounces for every 15 minutes exercised.
7. Do not get discouraged
Anytime that people start a new routine, they will be faced with days where they don’t want to continue the cycle. This especially applies when beginning a new exercise routine. Having help from family members and friends to help motivate you is a good way of overcoming this discouragement.
Another way of not getting discouraged is to set small manageable goals to help you to see the progress that you are making.