Sorry, there’s just no way around it, if you want to get in shape and look the way you dream of you have to eat properly and start exercising at least 3 to 4 times a week. There is no magical pill. Of course, you want to improve the results you get from your exercise routine some diet supplements might help but they will not help you alone.
Before you begin an exercise program make sure that you talk to your physician. This is particularly important if you’re actually overweight and have not spent much time working out or if you have some underlying health problems. Ask your physician what you need to do to modify an exercise routine so you can work around those issues.
Here are some exercise tricks that you should keep in mind and you will get more out of your workouts:
Workout Trick number 1. Whenever possible, work out with a colleague. It is much easier to stick with a workout routine if you and your colleague are doing it together. There is a certain amount of peer pressure, neither of you wants to be the undisciplined one and neither of you wants to let the other one down.
Workout Trick number 2. If you are new to working out try to find a coach to work with at least until you get a good routine worked out. After you’ve gotten the fundamentals mastered you can either continue to work out with the coach (this can be another great motivator) or, if your budget is tight you can give up the personal coach and do it yourself.
Workout Trick number 3. Do not go crazy on the cardio aspect of your workout. Most people make this mistake. They think that spending a lot of time on the treadmill or the elliptical is good, and it is, but the problem is that your body gets used to that level of exertion and eventually your results will actually go down.
Workout Trick number 4. This one goes along with number 3, do several types of cardio exercises. Don’t allow your body to get too used to a certain routine. You should change your workout routine at least every 6 weeks or so. This will actually maximize your results. Another benefit of changing things up regularly is that you will lessen repetitive motion injuries that occur, you guessed it, when you do the same movements over and over again.
Workout Trick number 5. When you do weight training (and everyone should, yes, even women) don’t make the mistake of going too fast when you do a repetition. Most people go so fast that they are actually allowing momentum to do most of the work for them. This greatly decreases the effectiveness of the exercise. You want a very slow and controlled movement. Not only will you get the most out of the exercise you will also lessen the chances of injuring yourself.
Workout Trick number 6. You may not hear this one too often, but if you are in a time crunch and you can’t actually do a full workout (some cardio and weight training) and you have to pick one or the other, choose the weight portion of your workout. Weight training will also have a cardiovascular benefit and the boost in metabolism you get by weight training will last you long after your workout is over.
Hopefully you have found these exercise tricks to be helpful. To actually be successful in your workout routine, it’s important that you find something that you actually enjoy doing and then just hold on to it.