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.
An extremely important part of an fitness regimen is a regular rest day. This gives your muscles a chance to repair any damage they have suffered. If you don’t take a regular rest day, you are likely to suffer a damaging injury that could take you away from training for much longer than a day.
It can always be difficult to find time for exercise. If you have problems finding the time (or energy) to put in an hour a day in at the gym, try breaking it up into ten minute incraments. Even three ten-minute stints of activity a day, can boost your heart rate throughout the day. Many people also find that by adding ten-minute bursts of activity into their schedule, they have more stamina and are able to increase the amount of energy they put into each activity.
Some people think that lifting heavy weight alone will get them into shape. While lifting weights is a good form of exercise you need to also keep in mind that cardio is another good form of exercise for your body. It can be hard to start out at first but running, biking and swimming are all good methods of getting into shape.
Walking in proper form can help protect you from injury. Throw your shoulders back and keep your spine straight. Your elbows should be at your side, making a 90 degree angle. Your forward foot and your opposite arm should be extended at the same time. Make contact with the ground first with the heel, and then roll your foot onto the ground.
Use the stairs instead of the elevators whenever you can. Stair climbing is a great way to get a little exercise during the day. A few flights of stairs can give you a good workout for your heart and legs. When you do this throughout the day at work, you would be surprised at how much exercise you are able to fit in by the time you leave for home.
While horseback riding visualize your legs extending all the way through the stirrups to the ground. This technique will give you a better seat and allow you stay in the saddle even in the roughest terrain. Combine this visualization with a deep seat where you position yourself far back in the saddle and your confidence level will shine.
Tennis players use this trick to build strength in their forearms. Take some newspaper and place it flat on a table or other convenient surface. Crumble the paper with your dominate hand for 30 seconds. Once you have done two reps with your writing hand, switch to your other hand and do this once, then switch back to your dominant hand for two more reps.
Improve your overall flexibility by stretching more of your tighter muscles instead of just focusing on the already flexible ones. This will cause you to be able to work out your problem areas in your muscles. The most popular places that should be focused on include hamstrings, lower back, and shoulders.
If you are traveling in a car, use rest stops as an opportunity to get a little exercise. They can be the perfect place to get rejuvenated for the next leg of your trip; take a brief jog or go on a short walk. These activities will help you feel less stiff and more alert so that you can continue your drive.
An elastic exercise band can be a good low resistance way for someone to work on their fitness. The bands also have the advantages of being highly portable so you can take them with you when you travel and use them in many different locations. An exercise band is another good fitness tool for someone to have.
To save yourself from straining your back when lifting heavy objects (like weights) over your head, be sure to squeeze your butt muscles during the activity. When you clench those muscles, it actually forces you into an alignment that helps stabilize the spine and reduces the chances of a serious back injury.
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!