Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Simple Ways To Improve Your Fitness Training

Hopefully, you’ve made strides toward adopting healthier fitness habits in the new year. Here are some simple suggestions to make your training more productive --

Run Or Work Out With Some Friends. It makes the training go faster and your friends hold you accountable.
Try Interval Workouts. Identify a series of exercises you can do over a period of time. Then do a recovery period. For example, run six 800 meter intervals with a 1:00 to 1:30- minute recovery.

Stretch and Warm Up Before You Work Out. Warming up your muscles and getting fluid flowing to your joints helps prevent injury and prepare you for the workout.

Do Something Different. Add biking, swimming, elliptical, weights or whatever to your training routine. The body adapts quickly to the same routine, thus burning caloriesmore efficiently. Varying your activities is good for cross-training, injury preventionand forcing your body to work harder and burn more calories.

Jog Through Water. It’s one of the most strenuous activities you canperform, since water is about 12 to 15 times as resistant as air.

Feed Yourself. Try a banana, other fruit or energy bar before you workout to get an edge. If you’re going on a particularly long workout, you may need an energy gel or jelly beans to replenish what you’ve burned up.

Try some of these simple additions to your workout routine in order to make it more effective.

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