Warming up before you start your exercises is as crucial as good posture and accurate technique. Warm-ups ease your body into the right physical state, prepping it for exercise. So, no matter how pressed for time you are, don’t skip your warm-up as it could leave you with strains and injuries which can affect your fitness levels in the long run.
Even if you diligently spend an hour a day in the confines of a gym, it can amount to absolutely nothing in the larger scheme of things if your technique is all wrong. Simply assuming how to use a machine can injure you, so make sure you ask for assistance. This is where hiring a trainer comes in handy as he/she will ensure that you are getting the most out of your fitness routine without running the risk of injury.
Whether it is to catch up with a friend or to find the right music to exercise to, too many breaks taken frequently do more harm than good. When you exercise (even if it is with a friend), don’t take several breaks as this slows down your heart rate. To get the most out of your workout, it is good to keep the tempo going. Once your heart rate drops significantly, you have to work doubly hard to get it back up and as a result, you will not get optimal results from your workout. Prepare a playlist in advance and save idle chatter for after your workout.
If you’re depriving yourself of water until after the workout, or are at the other end of the spectrum—constantly guzzling water during your workout—you need to mend your ways. Drinking too much water in the anticipation of thirst can cause your sodium levels to drop and cells to bloat, both of which can lead to sore muscles, dizziness and a feeling of exhaustion. On the other hand, drinking no water at all can cause fatigue and strain. So, pay attention to your body and sip on small amounts of water as and when you feel thirsty, apart from hydrating yourself before and after your workout.
While cardio exercises do help burn calories and aid in treatment of problems such as heart disease and blood pressure, ditching your exercise routine for a run every day is no good, especially if you are looking to lose weight. You need to supplement your cardio routine with other strength-training exercises to tone your body and achieve the physique you desire.
Written By : Shirley Mistry