If you’re looking to get into shape, I mean really great shape, your training regime should include building cardiovascular endurance, strength training, and exercise that promotes flexibility.
For people for whom motivation is an issue and excuses abound, I tell them to think of exercise as a privilege instead of a punishment. Be grateful that your body enables you to do what it does, and thank your “temple” by keeping it as healthy as possible.
Just as exercise does your body good, so does proper nutrition. In other words, remember that fueling your body is every bit as important as working it.
Whether you’re a fitness newbie or seasoned pro, you want to get the most from your workouts.
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As a fitness instructor, I can’t even begin to tell you how often I see participants working super-hard in a class or in the gym, only to fuel up afterwords with a bag of potato chips and a soft drink. Don’t do it. What you eat before, during, and after working out has a significant impact on performance and recovery – not to mention your long-term health.
Strength training will enable you to improve your athletic performance. If running, cycling, or other cardiovascular activities are your preference, strength training will only help you to get stronger and faster. A few sessions each week will also reduce your risk of injury.
Engaging in a variety of activities that promote endurance, strength, and flexibility will help ensure total body conditioning, allowing some muscle groups to recover while others are working. If you love to cycle, add in a yoga session once or twice a week, and a couple of 20-30 minute strength training sessions too.
Listen to your body
If you’re fatigued, feeling unwell, or are injured, have a back-up plan. Switch to something less intense for a day or two, or give yourself a day or two of rest or recovery. The truth is that rest and recovery are nothing to be ashamed of, they’re essential for total health… so listen up!
Hire a professional trainer
If you’re just getting started with an exercise routine, or have you’ve been doing the same workout for months on end, the objective advice of a professional can help you progress towards your goals. You don’t need to commit for months and it needn’t leave you with a second mortgage to hire a trainer for a session or two to get you on the fast track to fitness.
Rest & recover
An effective training program should allow for days of rest and recovery. These periods are essential for rebuilding muscle and other soft tissue and help to ward off burnout. It’s your days off that will enable you to make strides forward: following a day of rest you’ll return stronger and faster.
Any training program is much more likely to meet with success with proper supports in place. Training partners, family, and friends, can all encourage and support you as you work towards your fitness and health goals. Don’t let anyone sabotage your workout time and don’t make the common mistake of training with someone at an entirely difference level of fitness or with goals you don’t share.