Are you ready to move from fit to fitter? If you answered yes, then it is time start thinking smart!
If I told you that the secret to enhancing your fitness is to take things a little slower, would you believe me? It’s natural for us to think that pushing ourselves harder will help us see results faster but that not always the case. Exhausting yourself is never a good thing. The truth is: rather than taking giant steps it’s better to proceed with baby steps and get results that will last longer.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, a fitness expert, or just someone who works out when you feel the urge, if you take care of your body while taking things one step at a time, you will start seeing the results you want.
It not unusual for people to push themselves harder whenever they start working out for the first time. Firstly, endorphins which help the body to feel good are released during exercise. So you might find yourself enjoying your new lifestyle and wanting to work out more.
Secondly, once you start seeing good results you may become more eager to get to your goal, forcing you to push yourself harder. The problem is, if you work your body too much you will overexert yourself. The smartest thing to do is to moderately move outside your comfort zone and adjust to your new lifestyle.
Think about it this way: if you’re a car racer who suddenly gets a new car you will need to invest some amount of time to get used to the car first before going toe to toe with someone. Taking the car on a race on the first day can be dangerous and it reduces you chances of winning the race. The smart thing to do is to slowly take the car up through its gears; you need to pass through the lower gears before you can get to the top gear.
Once you’ve learnt to listen to your body, you will be able to enhance your performance and lead a healthy life.
I’ve met a lot of people who say they hate exercising and that is because they often push themselves to exhaustion during the first period. They don’t allow themselves to have fun so naturally they begin to hate it. Approaching a new workout regime slowly will give you the mental boost you need to stick to your fitness program longer.
In this post I want to help you learn how to take a positive approach to fitness. Here are six tricks to help you get from fit to fitter.
It’s important that you listen to your body. It knows what’s best. Pain is a way for your body to tell you that you’re working too hard, so if you begin to feel soreness, it’s important that you slow down. If you injure one of your muscles, it will be much harder for you to workout, pushing you further away from your goal. Sure, it’s natural to feel a little discomfort when you start working out for the first time, but whenever the pain gets too excruciating, that’s a sign for you to slow down.
It’s important to create a foundation, when you decide to take on a new fitness plan, and build on it. Understand that in order to get to the top you will need to start building from the bottom. The more patient and focused you remain, the better your results will be. If you’re planning to enhance your flexibility, core muscles, balance and aerobic fitness you should avoid pushing yourself too much. Establishing a solid foundation will help you to transition smoothly into more intense workouts.
This may be common sense but in order to keep seeing results you will need to progress your workout. The main reason why people stop seeing results after working out for some time is because their bodies tend to adapt overtime. Once your body has adapted you will need to increase loads to continue seeing results. Some ways in which you can progress with your workout are to increase the duration, frequency or intensity of your workout. Ensure that you do not push yourself too hard to avoid injury (refer to tip 1 and 2).
Similarly to how you had to learn how to count first before you could multiply, it’s important that you learn basic exercises before you start adding weights to your routine. Once you get good at it then that’s your cue to move on to the next step. How will you know when it’s time to progress? Your body will let you know, you just need to listen to it. As soon as an exercise starts feeling too easy it’s time to challenge yourself.
Try starting a blog to keep track of your fitness regime and diet. If that’s too much, you can always keep a diary. Not only will it motivate you but it also helps you to keep track of your progress. Visiting online forums to share your progress with others is also a good idea. If you don’t spend much time on the internet and you’re not into keeping a diary you can always discuss your progress with your friends and family.
Fitness experts train in cycles to enhance their overall performance. This means that they start with a foundation and enhance their strength before moving to the power phase. Of course there should be enough time for resting and recovery. Each time you complete a cycle, you will see better results.
Follow the tricks above and you’ll be able to move from fit to fitter before you know it. Feel free to sound off in the comments below if you think I might have left something off.