Habits can extend from one extreme to the next, and either be beneficial or detrimental to your health. While varying habits transform into resulting disparities, all habits can be modified and tailored to personal goals. Whether beginning your fitness journey or needing inspiration, implement these fitness habits to improve health!
1. Build a Routine
Habits are essentially developed by building and sticking to a routine. Particularly when first starting in the fitness world, individuals should make it a habit of getting active each day.
2. Lift Weights
Predominately, women tend to stay away from lifting weights in fear of “bulking up”. However, weight and resistance training is extremely valuable for building muscle and cultivating a lean body mass. Weightlifting should be incorporated into all workout regimens.
3. Focus on Form
Although it may be tempting to focus on running faster and lifting heavier, individuals should focus most on good form. Along with protecting against injury, focusing on form can naturally heighten physical performance.
4. Experiment with Exercise
Exercise is much more than regular trips to the gym, especially if stepping into the fitness world, experiment, and try multiple types of exercise, from joining a local kickball team to signing up for a group training workout. There are numerous fun ways to keep active and prevent burnout.
5. Workout with Others
Workout buddies are extremely valuable, as being in a group of like-minded people accelerates motivation and keeps you accountable. Signup at a local gym, attend regular group training sessions or confide in a single workout buddy to naturally adhere to fitness goals.
6. Don’t Forget to Stretch
Stretching is just as important as the actual workout, though it tends to get left behind. Especially following strenuous activities, stretching helps prevent injury and keeps muscles strong and flexible, ultimately maintaining a range of motion in the joints.
7. Relish in Rest Days
While tackling workouts regularly is admirable, we must not forget the importance of rest days. Allowing breaks in between muscle groups and high-intensity training allows your body to recover and optimize workouts to come.
Along with resting muscles, sleep to reset the mind. Achieving adequate sleep can keep you energized enough to tackle workouts and optimize your physical performance. Sleep is also important in building a strong immune system and healthy metabolism and combatting premature aging.
9. Refuel Properly
Not properly refueling the body with nutrients may defeat the purpose of strenuous exercise.
10. Keep Hydrated
Water is a major component of muscles and organs, comprising an average of 60 and 50 percent of male and female bodies, respectively. Keeping hydrated prevents muscle cramping and fatigue, along with precipitating a cooling effect following workouts. Active, healthy individuals should consume at least 1/2 oz per pound of body weight each day.
11. Invest in Workout Clothes
Don’t just look the part, but feel the part! WOrkout clothes and gear can be an essential part of your fitness success, as feeling uncomfortable can deplete motivation and desire to carry out a workout. Wear light, breathable clothing along with appropriate shoe wear.
12. Fall in Love with Exercise
Exercise should NOT feel like a chore, and it certainly does not need to be! Relish in the activities you enjoy, fall in love with exercise, and enjoy the fitness journey!
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