If you have a set exercise routine or are working on developing one, that’s great. It is especially good that you value the importance of health and fitness in your life. However, are you making the very most of your hard work? Looking for some methods to make your exercise routine more effective? Try these out…
Learn the right methods for you
There is no such thing as one way to do every exercise. Instead, there are multiple. Everybody is different, of course. We are all different heights, builds, and weights. So it only follows that we might need to tweak specific parts of each exercise. Take squats, for example. You may have learned how to squat by watching someone else do it. But it is important that you do it the way your body needs it. This goes for all types of exercise. You can watch online videos, or ask a personal trainer at your gym to show you.
Keep hydrated and fed
Our bodies are made up of a huge proportion of water. That means that water is very important for healthy functioning. You need to drink water all through the day to keep topped up. It is then especially important to keep drinking water when you are exercising. Use a bottle that won’t let it spill everywhere if you take a sip while running, for example. Water is fuel, and without it, you simply can’t function as well. Eating is also important. People sometimes skip food or meals before exercising, but this is a bad idea. Food is fuel also, and you’ll only become exhausted sooner without it.
Always warm up
Warming does exactly what it says- it warms up your muscles. Leaping straight into your exercise routine might be tempting. However, it is important to warm up first. It starts to get your muscles and the rest of your body ready.
Always warm down
Warming down is just as important as warming up. Even if you are exhausted after your routine, find it in you to do a little more. It will prevent or at least reduce muscle pain the next day.
Know when to stop
It is understandable that staying fit and healthy is really important to you. However, pushing yourself too far and too hard can be detrimental. Discomfort is okay- pain is not. Pain means that your muscles are straining. Slow down and take your time. Ramp up how challenging each exercise is over time. There is no point going for something super challenging if you’ve never done it before. You will over-exhaust yourself. You might even injure yourself. Certain injuries can put you out of action for months. They might not ever heal properly. Don’t let your health suffer.
Variety is key
Research has now proven that its great to have a variety-filled routine. Just doing one thing over and over again can quickly lose effectiveness. Take running for example. A long distance marathon can be great. But you may find it is more effective to do a run-walk-run style routine.