Wake Up Your Workout!
Do you have a workout routine? If your
answer is yes, give yourself a big pat on the back. Are
you getting the results youve hoped for? If your answer
is no, lets explore what could be holding you back
from achieving the results you want. Are you in an exercise
rut? If you continually repeat the same workout, your body
adapts to the demands and sort of goes on snooze control.
Its discouraging to spend time and effort to be fit
when you dont get the results you want. Here are some
simple tips to add to your routine to improve your fitness
- Change the intensity and reps of
your weight training. Do five reps or less per set with
a weight you can lift only five times. Do three to five
sets without rest. Your fitness level will improve when
you mix-up the way you place demands on your muscles.
- On another day, change the pace
of your weight training. Try slowing the entire process
way down, from the start of the lift to the end of it.
Take 30 seconds to lift and 30 seconds to return the weight.
Make the set last for several minutes, until you feel
muscle fatigue kick in.
- Fatigue your upper abs first. Do
20 to 50 crunches before you add mid and lower ab work.
This way, youll limit assistance from the upper
abs when you are working the rest of your core. You can
improve abdominal definition when you are able to work
all areas of your core throughly.
- Divide your cardio workout into
three or more parts. Instead of getting on the elliptical
equipment and cranking out your cardio every time, spend
five to ten minutes and then move on to the treadmill,
stationary bike, stair master, etc. Youll work more
muscles and burn more calories. Its also easier
to stick with it when you break up the activity and can
look forward to the next switch.
- Of course, no fitness routine is
complete without considering the amount of food you eat
in relation to your activity level. If you are working
out and looking for results, dont ignore eating
habits that hold you back. Try to identify your dietary
weaknesses and the times of day you tend to overeat. Keep
track of the total amount you consume on a daily basis.
Its very helpful to hold yourself accountable by
using a food diary. When you have to write it down, youll
think more carefully about food choices. Great results
in your fitness program wont happen unless you balance
it with the right food intake for your body. Small changes
in the way you eat can make big changes in the way you
look and feel.