The Best Gym Exercise Tips
Joining a gym is easy but what should be done after that? The following are some gym exercise tips to make those workouts more enjoyable and worthwhile:
Warming up helps prevent injury and makes for more effective exercise. If doing a cardiovascular activity, start with 5-15 minutes of a fast walk, light jog or other activity that is not too strenuous but brings the body into a light sweat. On weight training days, start out with lighter weights and more repetitions.
Every workout needs to incorporate stretching. Stretching will increase the range of movement in the joints while reducing muscle tension thus lessening the risk of injury. Furthermore, it increases blood circulation throughout the body giving the one exercising increased energy and a more effective workout.
Since warm muscles stretch much better, most stretching should be done just after warming up. However, being as important as it is, stretching some during and after a workout helps too. The amount of stretching one should do will increase with age. Stretching should never be forced or done by bouncing. Study different stretches and how to do them properly for a good stretching routine.
Include weight training
While many people, particularly women, equate weight training with bulking up, its many benefits include burning calories, increasing bone density, preventing injuries and even releasing anti-aging hormones. Weight training will tone muscles but will not necessary make one bulk up. Bulking up requires that right exercise routine and muscle type (much less prevalent in women). With all its benefits, weight training needs to be included in any gym exercise program.
A body is not a machine
Machines are great tools for working some muscles and provide a safe as well as enjoyable way for many to workout. However, they should not be used exclusively. Using free weights incorporates more stabilizing muscles and makes for better overall training. The movements in free weights also more closely match the movements in daily activities and sports. Also, free weights are very versatile and even a simple set of dumbbells can be used in many ways. For these reasons, make sure free weights are a part of any routine.
Vary the workout
Those who do not vary their exercise regime will get locked into a pattern and stop seeing results. One should always be looking to try different exercises, add more weights or increase the number of repetitions. This greatly increases the positive benefits one will see from exercises and makes it a lot more interesting too.
Personal trainers and workout partners
For those who can afford them, using a personal trainer is a great way to learn good gym exercise tips and stay focused on the workout. If a personal trainer is not an option, try to find a serious workout partner. A good partner will have many of the benefits of a trainer but without the expense!
While a serious partner is a great aid in working out, one must be careful not to let the time at the gym to turn into a social event. Keep focused on the task on hand. Do not spend too much time talking or watching what someone else is doing. Remember that everyone has different body types, goals and will see different results. Time spent in exercise is time spent for oneself. Do not let others get in the way.
Food before working out
It is never a good idea to eat too much before working out. This will divert blood to the stomach that should be going to the muscles. That being said, the body does need fuel for an effective workout. However, one should keep in mind that it takes the body a couple of hours to digest carbohydrates and even longer for proteins and fats. When it is necessary to fuel up, it is best to eat fast-digesting carbohydrates and drink plenty of liquids at least an hour before the workout.
Goals and rewards
Set goals and rewards for exercise. While exercise should be almost daily, one should take a break from time to time and never exercise when sick.
These gym exercise tips can aid in putting that time at the gym to the best use possible. Keep them in mind.