My top ten workout tips!
- Quality over quantity! You don’t need an hour at the gym; 15-30 minutes of a good, solid workout is all you need. There are plenty of workout programs out there which are 30 minutes or less, including P90X3 and T25. T25 is essentially a short version of Insanity while P90X3 is a shorter version of P90X.
- Watch your form! If you’re experiencing lower back pain doing deadlifts, having issues with squats, worry less about a heavier weight and more about your form. Bad form can cause injury over time.
- Five minutes is better than zero! IF you are pressed for time, doing something is better than nothing.
- If you have a crazy day, breaking up a workout into 5-15 minute segments is just as effective as doing it all at once. Do what you can with the time you have.
- Forget about treadmills and steady state cardio! Your body is smart and it will adapt quickly, forcing you to plateau. If you’ve been doing only one workout for a while, switch it up with something else! Give HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) a try! It’s shorter and more effective than hours on the elliptical or treadmill at the same speed.
- You CANNOT out-exercise a bad diet. The magic formula is the following: 40% how much you eat (calories in, calories out), 40% what you eat (keep your diet at least 80-90% healthy), and 20% how active you are. Keep that in mind for everything you do whether it’s muscle gain, body fat % loss, weight loss, etc.
- Drink plenty of water and watch your sodium intake! It’ll also help with sore muscles and recovery after a good workout in addition to keeping hydrated. You should be drinking half of your body weight (pounds) in ounces.
- A good, well rounded workout schedule will have cardio, strength training, and stretching/yoga. Do NOT forget about the stretching as it will help to prevent injury.
- Strength training does not have to be about weights; there are plenty of strength building exercises out there which only rely on your body weight. PiYo is such a program; in addition there are plenty of individual exercises you can do.
- Find something you enjoy! Workouts don’t have to be a chore and they certainly don’t have to be about torturing yourself, and while you may have days where you just don’t feel like it, it’s good to at least find a program you enjoy so you can stick with it in the long term. Do you enjoy dancing? Do you like pumping iron? Yoga? Running? Find your passion and do it!
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