If you have a fitness plan in the first place, congratulations! You are already a step ahead of the game. Fitness is fun, it helps you feel your best, and it is crucial to helping your body function to the best of its ability. When coupled with healthy eating, and a mental wellness strategy, you are on your way to holistic health and happiness. Here are three additional things you can incorporate into your lifestyle to step up your game and get results fast!
For Strength Training
When you are doing strength training exercises, whether that involves weight lifting or body weight moves like push ups and squats, one of the best things you can do is to switch things up and vary your workouts. Doing those prohibits your body from adjusting to a workout, so it is constantly challenged and therefore constantly making gains. In addition, when strength training, try to do more whole-body moves during your workout. Instead of just isolating your abs with crunches or sit ups, try doing plank moves that challenge your entire core, as well as your arms and legs. Not only is this efficient, but it also produces huge benefits physically and leads to visible results and increases in strength.
For Cardio Workouts
If you have a bike route that you love, or a trail you run every morning, that is great. But one way to step up your cardio workouts is to incorporate interval training and high intensity bursts of effort. Research supports the idea of interval training in a big way. Try this: if biking, pick up the pace every 5 minutes and go all out. You will be exhausted, but those 5 minutes of recovery will keep you going and prepare you to do it again, and in the long run your body will respond with better stamina. For running exercises, add in some sprints for 60 seconds each to get a similar effect!
When evaluating your eating habits as they relate to health and wellness, the first thing you have to do is to be honest with yourself. Do you generally make healthy food choices, or do you tend to go for what is cheap and convenient? Do you go to the same fast food joint for lunch a few times a week, or do you pack a salad every morning? Understanding your tendencies is step one to making them better. From there, determine what you could improve upon (i.e. more veggies, fewer calorie beverages, more water, etc.) and make a realistic plan that is both achievable and healthy.
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