Continuing with our recent theme of “workout dos and don’ts” here are 7 top exercise tips for you to take on board. Enjoy!
If you at least try to enjoy your exercise sessions there is much more chance you will stick with them and therefore see more results. Keep your sessions short and specific and then you hopefully wont get bored at least
Choose a Fitness Buddy
……..for two reasons: firstly you can spur each other on during your session whether it be in the gym, at a class or outdoors for a run. Secondly, if you have an arrangement/appointment with a friend to meet at the gym, for example, then you will be more likely to keep that appointment and turn up!
Get into Strength Training
Using some weights and or resistance machines improves your ability to carry out day-to-day activities, improve balance and stability, increase your metabolic rate thus burning more calories and these are just three of many reasons why you should use weights.
Take Up Yoga or Pilates
Both forms of these exercises focus on your core strength, posture and overall body strength as well as giving you a chance to “slow down” a little and focus on a different element to your exercise. Doing a yoga class especially, gives you a chance to unwind and focus a little more on the mental side as well as the physical.
Re-Fuel Post Exercise
Aim to eat a mix of carbs and protein within 45-60mins of finishing your session. Something like grilled Chicken with vegetables or sweet potato and salmon. This will aid muscle recovery, encourage muscle growth and allow you to work out harder next time!
Learn Correct Technique
Poor technique means that you may not get the most out of each exercise that you perform and therefore be less efficient with what you are doing, which means you wont be getting the results you want. Poor technique can also lead to injury; it might only be a small muscle strain but it could be enough to stop you exercising for a few days, during which time you could lose momentum and we all know what that could mean!
Use Your Rest Days Wisely
Spread your workouts throughout the week and make sure you have days off! ( good news, right?) If you exercise 3-4 times per week then rest days should be easy to plan into your week and these days will allow your muscles to recover and be ready to go again the day after. Use these rest days to eat well and drink plenty of water ( 2 litres min daily ) as well, as these things will help improve recovery.
With these 7 tips we have just scratched the surface but try and follow them as best you can and in the meantime you can always contact us directly via email if you would like to delve into this a little deeper. We can also offer you a free telephone consultation-07921 777477- or you can come to our studio in Ealing and have a no obligation chat. We look forward to hearing from you!