If you’re looking to get fit and active, congratulations! Congratulations for taking the initiative, getting started, and making it happen. There are so many benefits to adopting this lifestyle, not only because you are improving your physique, but you are also doing wonders to the insides of your brain. Sure, you’ll have moments when you’re exhausted, hot, and just want to give up and go to sleep; but the further you go, you will soon find yourself meeting the goals you have set yourself, and learning even more about how able and strong you really are. I personally started working out again recently and although it’s tough, I am enjoying the journey so far.
There are some things you always need to make sure of when staying fit in order to keep yourself safe. Here are a few things that you should always bear in mind when you are working out.
Have the right form
When working on machines and lifting weights, you always need to make sure that you are using them properly. You may think that you’re doing an action very swiftly, when really you’re not only causing yourself harm, but you’re not even working the muscle that you intended on – which kinda makes the whole exercise unnecessary. This is why a lot of people tend to look at themselves in the mirror – it’s not because they like to admire their own physique, but because they’re making sure they’re doing it correctly.
Listen to your body
Your body is a very intelligent organism, even if you don’t realize it. So when you are working out and sweating it up, your body knows when you’re pushing it too hard. There is a fine line between pushing yourself to greatness, and pushing yourself towards an injury. Therefore, it is important that you are able to differentiate the two. If you do end up going in too hard, you may end up pulling a muscle or even worse, tearing a ligament, and the pain really isn’t worth it. Know your inner voice and stop when it all gets too much. Trust that intelligent bod of yours!
Make sure you stretch
Stretching is a vital ingredient to ensure that your body is ready for some serious exercise, so never ever overlook this part, no matter how eager you may be to get started. You always have to have some form of warm-up, and that can be anything from walking on a treadmill gradually building up speed, or exploring a Dynamic Warm Up to get your motion and pace to where it needs to be. You also need to remember to cool down. It may seem irrelevant after you’ve just worked your butt off, but it stops your muscles from seizing up – so don’t forget!
Now that you know what to look out for and what to remember when you work out, you can slowly explore and have even more fun when you are in the gym or the fitness studio. Happy working out my friends! xx Wendy
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