The body’s desire to keep the fat off and the muscle on is only natural. Your mind will want to satisfy this desire, and by doing so you will create a more physically fit and mentally confident version of yourself. This can be achieved in less time and work than you might believe.
One way to stay healthy and fit when working out is to do all that you can to prevent neck injury. Never exert yourself without proper guidance and knowledge. Always use proper form when performing any type of strength building exercise. Be sure to stretch your neck properly before and after the workout.
One way you can keep your fitness level up while on the go is to work your stomach out while driving. Simply tensing your stomach muscles for five count then relaxing, multiple times over the course of your commute will not only make the time pass quicker, but will help to tone that stomach in otherwise wasted time.
To improve the effectiveness of your stretches, adjust the amount of time you hold your stretches to account for your age. Why? As you age, your muscles lose pliability, so you need to spend more time stretching them. The recommended duration for people under 40 years old is 30 seconds, while people over 40 years old should hold stretches for twice as long.
When you are doing weight training, start small. Smaller muscles will tire long before your larger ones will, so you’ll want to start with barbells before you move onto the larger machines. In this way, your smaller muscles can get a break while you are working out your larger muscles.
A good way to exercise your back muscles is to do pull ups. By using your own body weight, pull ups provide resistance equal to your own weight. Simply find a pull up bar, and pull your chin over the bar. For those who have never done pull ups or have had limited experience with them, it may be hard for the first few times, so try using a chair to aid you.
One simple way to increase your muscle mass is to lift lots of weight just a few times. Choose a muscle group to start with, perhaps the chest or the biceps. Begin with a warm-up set using lighter weights. You should be able to do 15-20 reps at your warm-up weight. Next, increase the weight and do a smaller set of 6-8. Increase the weight by 5 pounds and repeat for the third set.
Ride your bicycle with one leg! Using just one leg at a time to propel your bicycle for short distances will help you build up more of your leg muscles. By using one leg both to push down on the pedal and to pull up you will be working more than one set of muscles. Your riding will improve dramatically as well.
These are all rather small things that can be completed through a routine to help work on your physical fitness. They will make an impact somewhere, and together they could completely change your world. Do not forget to keep them up on a regular basis, and do not get discouraged when they feel like they are too much.