Fitness Tips

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A little can add up to a lot

On days that you really lack motivation or simply do not have time for your complete exercise routine, commit to do just 10 minutes of exercise. You’ll probably end up doing more than that once you get started. Even if you only end up completing 10 minutes, that is still a lot better than zero minutes.

How often should you train?

The frequency of your strength training depends on whether your goals are to get bigger and stronger (less often) or whether you want to get leaner and more defined muscles (more often).

Eat your Wheaties

Eat breakfast every day. People who eat breakfast consume fewer total calories during the day then those that don’t.

Party diet

If your party is in the evening, eat breakfast, lunch and a snack before hand. Once you are at the party, go ahead and indulge in some of the fun, delicious foods. Since you have eaten meals earlier in the day, you probably will find that you aren’t tempted to go overboard and eat everything in sight.

Some is better than nothing

Don’t take the all or nothing approach. It’s better to do a little training than none at all. So, even if you can only fit one strength training routine in a week, you’ll still benefit from it.

Check your form

Focus on correct form. If you are unable to use proper, safe form when performing an exercise then you probably are using weights that are too heavy. Choose a size that allows you to train with correct form.

Routine

Change your fitness routine every 4-6 weeks to prevent a workout plateau.

Rest time

How long you rest between sets is important. For building muscles and getting bulkier the rest time should be longer. For more muscle endurance and leaner, sculpted muscles the rest time should be shorter.

Ready to run

If you are new to running be sure that you have been walking for 30 minutes at least 3 days a week about 3 months before you try to transition to running.

Periodization

Try the periodization technique which progress you every week over a 4-week timeframe. Try a plan of starting with lighter weights and more reps, and each week increasing the weight size appropriately and decreasing the number of reps.