We all want to get the most out of the time we spend working out. Right? We make the effort to workout, which isn’t always easy, so why not get the most out it.
Whether you’re just beginning your fitness journey or a focus on fitness is already a lifestyle, these tips will help you make the most of your time and get the most out of your workout.
17 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Workouts
- Go at your own pace.
- Mix up your routine.
- Don’t wait for an occasion to start working out.
- Fuel pre-workout and recover post-workout with whole foods.
- Focus on how you want to feel rather than how you want to look.
- Hydrate before, during and after your workout.
- Track your progress.
- Don’t skip the warm up or cool down.
- Don’t skip stretching.
- Don’t wait too long to eat after your workout.
- Shower and put on clean clothes as soon as possible.
- Get enough sleep.
- Include a combination of strength training, cardio, yoga and at least 1 rest day, maybe 2, for your weekly workouts.
- Do what you love.
- Listen to your body.
- Plan your workouts for the week.
- Keep your expectations realistic.
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SUPPLEMENT YOUR WORKOUTS WITH THIS WORKOUT 2 DAYS A WEEK TO BUILD A STRONG CORE.
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- Brace your core.
- Use proper body alignment and good form.
- Reps and rest periods should be based on your fitness level.
- Modify as needed to meet your fitness level by increasing/decreasing reps, weight and sets.
- Gradually increase intensity based on your progress.
I am a certified personal trainer, but this workout was not created for your specific fitness level and needs. Make modifications as needed. Intensity and rest periods should be based on your individual fitness level. See your physician before beginning any exercise program. This web site is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician. Any application of this or any other exercise routine set forth in this program is at the viewer’s discretion and sole risk.
Crunches (1) Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor about hip width apart. (2) Place your hands behind your head being careful not to pull on your head and neck. Keep your elbows open and out to the side. Keep your chin up and off your chest. (2) Take a deep breath, then exhale curling up until your shoulder blades lift off the floor. (3) Hold for a moment at the top of the movement, fully exhale for complete contraction of the abs, then slowly lower yourself back to start position. Targets: rectus abdominis
V-Ups (1) Lie face up on the floor with your arms extended straight above your head in line with your body and your legs straight. (2) Keeping your arms and legs straight, in one movement, simultaneously lift your torso and legs as if your trying to touch your toes to form a “V” with your torso and your legs. Your head should stay in line with your body, being careful not to crane it forward. (3) With control, lower your torso, arms and legs back down to start position. Targets: upper abdominals
Scissor Crunches (1) Lie face up on the ground and extend right leg up toes pointed toward the ceiling with straight left leg hovering a few inches above ground. Place your hands behind your head for support (avoid pulling on your head and neck) and keep your elbows wide. (2) Exhale and simultaneously scissor your legs by lowering your right leg and raising your left leg as you lift your right shoulder toward the left leg. Keep you abs pulled in tight throughout the entire movement. (3) Repeat with opposite leg and shoulder alternating back and forth for the prescribed number of reps. One rotation to the left and one rotation to the right is one rep. Targets: external obliques
Reverse Crunch (1) Lie face up on the floor with your hands down by your side palms facing down and your feet together. Bend your hips and knees 90 degrees. (2) Raise your hips off the floor and crunch inward. Your knees should move toward your chest and your hips and lower back should raise up off the floor. (3) Slowly lower your legs until your heels nearly touch the floor. Don’t change the bend in your knees from start to finish. Repeat the prescribed number of reps. Targets: hip flexors, external obliques
Russian Twists (1) Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. (2) Now sit about half way up keeping your chest and shoulders back being careful not to round your back. (3) Holding your hands together in front of your body, chin up and eyes looking forward, take a deep breath and exhale twisting your torso as far to the right as you can without changing the angle of your torso. (4) Now exhale and rotate your torso back to the starting position. Twisting your torso to the left and right is 1 repetition. Targets: rectus abdominis, internal and external oblique and transverse abs
Cross Body Mountain Climbers (1) Start in a push up position with your arms completely straight and your hands directly under your shoulders. (2) Raise your right knee toward your left elbow, lower, and then raise your left knee toward your right elbow. (3) Repeat alternating back and forth for the prescribed number of reps. Knee to elbow is one rep. Targets: cardiorespiratory system, chest, shoulders, lower abs, traverse abs
Plank (1) Start in a push-up position except keep your hands directly under your shoulders instead of outside of your chest. (2) Legs are straight out behind you with feet together. (3) You are balancing on your palms and the balls of your feet. Hold this position. Targets: rectus abdominis, lower back, chest, shoulders
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