Let’s begin this discussion by acknowledging that maintaining fitness is not easy and it’s often not much fun either. But, we must also acknowledge that it is extremely important if one wants to stay healthy. Luckily, drastic steps are unnecessary. You just need to be willing to commit a bit of time and effort. You could have fun as well.
Look for exercise routines that you find exciting and that you will be able to stick with. If you choose something you enjoy, you’ll be excited to work out.
Simple push-ups can actually tone your triceps. Well, not quite average. Instead of the traditional style, a nice angle at roughly 45 degrees with your palms is much better practice. You will be able to get stronger triceps this way.
You should plan on no more than an hour of lifting weights. Not only that, but muscle wasting starts at around an hour during this type of exercise. Watch the time and stop lifting weights before you hit the 60 minute mark.
Having strong thighs will insure against injuring your knees. Exercising your quadriceps and hamstrings will help prevent injuries to the ligaments in your knees. For the sake of your knees, incorporate exercises that strengthen the quads and hamstrings into your workout routine. Leg curls, squats and quad extensions are good exercises to build up these muscle groups.
When working out your abs do not only do crunches. It’s been proven that crunches don’t burn much fat; one study even resulted with only one pound burned after 250,000 total crunches! So, if you’re only doing crunches, you aren’t doing as much work as you could be. Add other moves to your abdominal routine, as well.
Whenever you work out, be sure to exhale following each repetition of each weight. That will help your body to maximize energy usage and lets you breathe in more air when you exhale; that will give you a lot more energy overall.
Try out an assortment of fitness exercises and classes to mix things up. This can give you a fresh perspective on exercise and even make it fun. Try out yoga or dancing. A class in kickboxing or a “boot camp” program may be the perfect fit for you. Keep in mind that you only need to attempt each class one time, while losing weight all the while.
If you truly want to do everything in your power to get into shape then you are going to want to invest money into hiring a personal trainer. Personal trainers can help you optimize your workout so that you get the most out of it, and also keep your motivation up when it flags. Although not for everyone, a personal trainer can make a big impact.
In conclusion, it is not always fun staying in shape, but it can be done. You are not expected to make enduring fitness changes by yourself. Help can be obtained but you have to know what to do to get started.