Exercise is highly important to keep your body strong and active – regular exercise becomes part of a necessary lifestyle to help achieve the fitness goal you’re aiming for.
If you are looking to shed a bit of weight this year then exercising for at least thirty minutes a day, five times a week can help you lose a few unwanted pounds.
Similar to anything your body does, whether it is sleeping, eating or reading, there are certain things to remember when performing that particular activity.
This article will provide you with four simple top tips to bear in mind for any regular exercise you want to embark upon.
- Wear the Right Gear
Wearing appropriate clothing and footwear is essential for any exercise; whether you are going for a run, walk or heading to the gym to burn off that heavy lunch. You can’t expect to have a pleasant workout if you’re wearing every day clothes and the wrong type of shoes. What you need is something comfortable to make that workout worthwhile and even possible without making you feel uncomfortable. You don’t need to splash your cash on expensive shoes – all you need are a good pair of trainers or even walking boots if you prefer walking outside compared to the gym. When it comes to clothes and exercise, you need to be wearing appropriate clothing. Local sports stores or even online websites provide many preferable exercise clothing along with a variety of equipment if you wish to pursue them as well. You can exercise in t shirts, leggings, joggers and even more. All you need to do is look around and see what is available.
- Find your Perfect Timing
Some people like to wake up early and go for a run. Other people prefer to exercise at night when the rest of the country is slipping into bed. There is no evidence to suggest that you should exercise at a certain hour of the day, but what is important to remember is that exercising straight after a meal is not particularly great. Instead, it is better to go for a walk, run, or even make your way to the gym at least an hour or two after you have eaten. If you are a person that has a slight problem with consistency, then you might want to exercise in the morning compared to the evening as you may feel too tired or sluggish.
Cedric Bryant, who is the chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego states that: “Research suggests in terms of performing a consistent exercise habit, individuals who exercise in the morning tend to do better”.
However, that does not apply to everyone; if you generally prefer exercising at a later time that suites you, then that is perfectly fine as long as you remain consist with your exercise.
- Count the Calories You Burn
Often gym equipment such as the treadmill, cross trainer or the rowing machine counts the calories you are burning. Counting the calories you burn throughout the exercise is highly motivating and pushes you further to burn off after that scrumptious breakfast or hearty lunch. Moreover, with the use of technology and the internet you could also download apps to count calories that you are burning off. Furthermore, if you prefer, you could even buy a calorie counter watch that you could strap to your arm during the exercise, which will do the counting for you.
- Keep Yourself Hydrated
Not drinking enough water before or even during your morning run, or forgetting your water bottle at home can put your body on the dangerous path of dehydration. It is vital to stay hydrated during any exercise. Staying hydrated during any exercise is important due to the added sweat loss that occurs, compared to day to day activities the body usually performs, such as watching television or sitting at the desk at work. Drinking water, sports drinks or even coconut water whilst you exercise can prevent you from suffering from exhaustion. So, whatever exercise you are performing or are about to partake in, you must DRINK!
Hopefully with these four tips your exercise can be worthwhile and will not falter!
Now let’s get to work!