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.
Following a regular fitness routine is a great way to help reduce stress. By channelling any negative energy into exercise, the body releases endorphins into your bloodstream, relieving stress, loosening tense muscles and improving your overall mood. Choose a moderate intensity fitness routine that you enjoy and exercise 3 to 5 times a week, for about 30 minutes per session.
If you have a gym membership, use every piece of equipment offered. Try not to use just one or two different exercise machines. Using a variety of machines will not only prove more fun, but you’ll effectively work more parts of your body. Try to learn to use at least a dozen different machines in your gym.
Adults ages 50 and up should not focus solely on weight machines for their workouts. While this may increase their strength on the machines, it may actually detract from strengthening the muscle groups that are used in daily activities – especially those which are progressively weakened by the aging process.
If you are trying to incorporate a good cardiovascular activity into your fitness program, start by doing warm-up stretches followed by an aerobic activity, like running or walking. A good test to give yourself to know if you are working-out hard enough is to give yourself the “talk test.”� If you can talk easily while working out or can sing a song, you are probably not working hard enough on your cardio training.
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.
You can make your legs much stronger by performing your standard leg crunches in reverse. This causes whichever leg you have in the front to get a great full muscle workout. These crunches are almost exactly like the standard leg crunches, except you are not stepping forward, you are stepping backward.
Your workouts should be under an hour if you are trying to grow muscle. If you exercise for over an hour, your body will produce more cortisol, a stress hormone, that can result in testosterone-blocking effect. It will also waste your muscle. The best way to avoid this is having short weight workouts.
If you want to add more power to your golf swing, you should take practice swings on the opposite side. Doing this will strengthen your muscles, which may be needed to help you clear a water hazard. You will experience noticeable differences in the power of your swing if you do this.
To get the best quality curls or shoulder presses, only exercise one arm at a time. Do one set with your right arm, then follow it up with an identical set with your left. By separating the two, you are more likely to see quality results than by doing the sets simultaneously.
Increase your ability to jump. Stand at the bottom of a set of stairs, and jump back and forth from the bottom step to the floor. Continue this until you feel comfortable jumping at that height. Once you are, move to something higher. Always make sure what you are jumping on is stable and secure.
Treat your shoes like milk. Milk expires, and so do shoes. They lose their spring, the cushions, and the soles of the feet wear down. They may get uncomfortable and cause blisters. Set a date for when you believe your shoes will “expire”, and prepare to buy new ones around that time.
When weather is dampening your normal outdoor exercise routine, try a good indoor venue. Many malls have nice wide opened spaces that you can walk in. Most encourage walkers to enjoy their space. They provide a good change in scenery and allow you to keep your fitness goals on track.
In order to increase strength, try lifting light weights fast. By lifting a lighter weight fast your muscles will generate greater force than if you were lifting a heavier weight slowly. To get the most out of this type of explosive training, select a weight that is 40 to 60 percent of your one rep maximum, and perform 8 sets of 3 repetitions. Each rep should be performed as fast as possible.
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!