Working out has become an important activity in our day-to-day lives. The comforts we’ve achieved as society, has turned us into somewhat sedentary humans. Most of us work at a desk and don’t get to move a lot during our work hours. Plus, we might take a car, train or bus to and from work – during which we again sit down. Our supermarkets are only a car ride away, or maybe at the corner street. We’ve basically taken out physical activity from our regular day-to-day activities.
However, our bodies still need to move. More than that, we still need to move in order to be healthy – physically, emotionally, and mentally. For that, we’ve come up with different physical activities – including fitness. Fitness is a great way to get your needed dose of physical activity.
However, time is also important. Don’t waste time on a mediocre fitness routine. Instead, maximize your fitness exercise by knowing what to do, and what not to do. This way, you’ll get the best out of your workout, and have a truly successful fitness exercise. Don’t waste time and energy on an unsuccessful fitness exercise.
Pay attention to these 10 dos and don’ts guaranteed to give you a satisfying workout.
Dos for a successful fitness exercise
1. Do Exercise Regularly
One of the best ways to make your fitness exercise a success is to have it as part of a regular workout regime. Exercising every few weeks, or even months will really lower the capacity at which you exercise. Your fitness will be hard, and you won’t be able to maintain the effects. It will feel like starting over every time you exercise.
Instead, if you exercise daily, every couple of days or at least once a week – your efforts will be maximized. You’ll be able to maintain your energy levels high, your muscle tone, and mental strength at best capacity.
2. Do Eat Carbs, Proteins, and Fat
We don’t mean to eat them during your fitness exercise. What we mean is have a carb, protein, and fat diet. Make sure to eat healthy every day – including the day of your exercise. Carbs, proteins, and fat are important for supplying your body with the energy it needs for a good fitness exercise. Without them, you’ll get tired much quicker and won’t be able to perform at your best. Make sure not to have large meals, but divide your meals into small portions throughout the day. Also, have your meal around 2-3 hours before a workout. This way your body will absorb the nutrients in the needed time.
3. Do Drink Water
Water is vital to a successful exercise. Make sure to stay hydrated all, throughout the day.
It is also recommended that you have around 2 glasses of water 2-3 hours before a workout. Have another glass during your warm-up and another one every 10-20 minutes in your exercise. Make sure to have another glass about half an hour from ending your fitness exercise.
4. Do Slow Down
We tend to do everything in a rush. You might believe the faster you go during a workout, the more you will squeeze into it. You might also believe that it’s the way to get the most out of your fitness exercise. It’s not really the case. Slow down your exercise, and what we mean is that you slow down your movements. You will exercise your body the most when you work out at a slower pace. The intensity of the workout will be deeper and your muscles will work more. A fitness exercise doesn’t need to be fast-paced.
5. Do Work on all Muscles
Many people tend to focus on only a few muscle groups during an entire fitness exercise. Total body workout is recommended to give you a structured, balanced and supported workout. Your muscles will strengthen in synchronization. This will lead to less fatigue and better performance in other sports activities.
Total body workouts are ideal for beginners, although they are also recommended every few workouts for fitness experts as well.
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Don’ts for a successful fitness exercise
1. Don’t over lift
Make sure to lift the right amount for you. Don’t over lift as you might injure yourself, or just not get the best out of your fitness exercise. You can increase the weight, as you feel ready. However, make sure to always feel alright during your workout. Tingles and fatigue are to be expected during a fitness workout. Muscle failure or exhaustion during a workout means you are over lifting.
2. Don’t overstay your stay
Don’t spend more than 2h at the gym. You and your body need other activities as well – physical or non-physical. Your body also needs rest, and for you to not push it too hard as that will only bring unnecessary stress in your life. A recommended fitness exercise is between 30 and 120 minutes.
3. Don’t take too long breaks
Long breaks relax your body too much. Up to the point where getting back to exercising might feel too much of a burden. You need to relax your body during exercise. You also need to keep your body active enough for you to be able to successfully complete your fitness exercise. A break lasting between 1 and 3 minutes is ideal. If your workout is really intense, consider 2-3 minutes, but don’t prolong it longer.
4. Don’t have energy bars or drinks during your exercise
If you have a proper diet, drink enough water and exercise a right amount of time. Water should be sufficient. When you digest food, your body slows down to focus on digestion. This really isn’t good during a workout. As for energy drinks, many have calories or can agitate you. If you aren’t working out in the scorching heat for hours and hours, water is enough.
5. Don’t relax at the end
Complete your fitness exercise with a relaxing moment. If you’re at the gym consider going for a swim or hitting the sauna, or steam room. The sauna or steam room are good options, as they relax your body and help you release toxins. A hot shower is a good accessible option as well.
A good relaxation after a workout gives your muscles the rest they need. It helps them maintain their health and tone, while giving you a complete and successful fitness exercise.
“50 Fitness Tips You Wish You Knew: The Ultimate Collection Of Tips, Tricks, And Hacks To Transform Your Mind, Body, and Life”, is a great fitness read. It will only deepen your knowledge of the dos and don’ts for a successful fitness exercise. Hopefully our 10 Dos and Don’ts have been a good and helpful read for you. Keep them in mind during your next session and you’ll definitely have a successful one.