With the new year fast approaching, several of us have decided to make the resolution of getting in shape and leading a better lifestyle. And there’s no better way to do that than by exercising.
Whether you start working out for the sake of weight loss or for increasing endurance, exercise brings along many more benefits along. Not only does it improve blood circulation and in turn, organ functionality, but it also improves sleep quality, mental health, energy levels and more.
However, a whole lot of people drop out of working out just because they find it challenging. It doesn’t have to be so much hard work, though, not if you do it correctly.
That said, here are 5 tips for working out not only better but also smarter.
1 – Make A Plan And Stick To It
Before you jump into working out, craft a plan. Decide which exercises you should go for. You can also make a plan with friends who want to work towards the same goal. While the planning part is not difficult what is tough is adhering to the set plan. In this regard, to stay motivated you can join an online community that can offer you support when you don’t feel like continuing.
2 – Start Slow
When you start exercising for the first time or when you continue it after a long time, start slow. Otherwise you may stress your bones and muscles. You can start by working out for five to ten minutes per day and then stretch that to half an hour and then an hour.
3 – Take Warm Up Sessions Seriously
Don’t just jump into exercising every time you get to it. Start slow, to allow your body to warm up. This you can go for by first jogging for about 5 minutes or by walking on the treadmill. You can also go for light cardio for starting your exercise session.
4 – Eat Healthy And Stay Hydrated
Don’t forget to take a proper healthy diet. Your diet must include fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, proteins, etc. Eat in small portions. Include healthy snacks in your diet. Also, drink fluids but avoid health-harming drinks. Drink more water. With your body losing so much water in the form of sweat, it is necessary to stay hydrated.
5 – Sleep Well
Sleep is very necessary for exercising energetically and efficiently. This is why you should not miss out on the recommended 6 to 8 hours of sleep. If you still find yourself sleepy before exercising, take a small nap to charge yourself.
Exercising is a lot easier when done while following all the necessary steps. That said, some tips that you can use to your benefit include sleeping well, eating healthy, and staying hydrated. Remember to start slow, take warm up sessions seriously, keep yourself motivated until you finally achieve your fitness goals.