As our average life span increases, we are becoming aware of the need to preserve our health through wise choices made throughout our lives. What is the point of long life if we are not fit to enjoy it? No matter what your age, considering this article can help you to begin to make choices which will have a positive impact on your health, fitness, and overall well-being for the rest of you life.
Make sure you remember to stretch daily. Stretching is especially important before you begin exercising. Limbering up will lessen your chances of pulling a muscle or injuring yourself. It also keeps you flexible and better prepares the rest of your body for the workout that is about to come.
If you want to get better results from your fitness routine, measure your progress — literally. When you need motivation for a goal, pick something related to the goal for which you can track statistics, like your body fat, your waist size or the distance you can comfortably run. Take measurements regularly and write them down, so you can quantify exactly how close you are to your goal. This technique has been shown to improve motivation, as it helps people believe in the reality of their accomplishments.
To help you perform your best during your workout, you need to stay hydrated. Losing even one percent of your body weight through sweat can place added stress to your cardiovascular system. Two hours before working out drink at least 16 ounces of water. During your workout drink five to ten ounces every 15 to 20 minutes. When you are finished with your workout drink at least 16 ounces of water for each pound of weight loss due to sweat.
Gym classes, led by an instructor, are an excellent way to improve your overall fitness level. Instructors plan routines in advance to optimize the right proportions of muscle work, aerobic work and stretching for each class. You just show up, follow the teacher’s lead, listen to some good music, and hopefully have some fun too.
A great fitness tip you should follow is to make sure your weight workouts stay under an hour. When weight training for more than an hour, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. This decreases the level of testosterone in your body and has a negative effect on your muscles.
Relaxation is key to keeping good health and fitness. Sure you might exercise and eat healthy and maintain all of those things to keep your nice figure, but if you don’t give your mind and body a rest, it will become unhealthy and other things will begin to fail as well. A massage is a great way to relax and also give your body and muscles the reward they deserve for following such a strict regimen.
Remember, there is no need to hurry. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Pick a suggestion and give yourself a week or even a month to incorporate it as a habit. Then add another. Before you know it, these small changes will add up and you will be living a healthier, more productive life. Make the most of it!