Proper fitness is important to help us stay healthy and improve our lives. We all want to get in shape and stay that way, but we often lack motivation or just aren’t sure what to do to get started and then to maintain an effective routine. We could all use fresh ideas and sound advice to help us on our way to a better life.
Here's 8 fitness hacks that will make it easier for you to achieve a healthy mind and body in 2017.
Drink Enough Water
Drinking enough water every day is really important because water keeps us hydrated and helps us to burn fat. It is important to get enough water before and after exercising. We need it for maximum performance during workouts and to replace fluids lost during exercise – especially if we sweat a lot. Not getting enough water can lead to headaches and lack of energy. Water also detoxes our bodies keeping us healthy and allowing our system to function properly for best results.
Get Adequate Nutrition
Getting a good nutrition before and after each workout to increase the benefits of your exercise routine. Make sure to get enough carbohydrates before exercising to ensure that you have enough energy to get through it. Also, don’t forget to replenish your body with salt (as it is lost when sweating) and protein to aid in rebuilding muscles after exercising. Eating right will not only make you feel better, it will help your mind and body to function properly allowing you to do what you have to do to get the most out of your fitness habits.
Invest in Some Basic Equipment at Home
Invest in some of the fundamental workout equipment such as a treadmill and dumbbells. This is easy and relatively inexpensive and it will ensure that you are able to exercise every day – even when the weather is terrible outside and you don’t want to go out. Having the equipment in front of you will also serve as a reminder of your fitness goals so that you don’t lose sight of the big picture.
Listen to Music While Exercising
Listening to music while working out is great for helping you to stay motivated and to energize you when you feel like quitting. Loading your favorite songs on your smartphone may be just what you need to get the most out of your workout routine.
Exercise With a Friend
Working out with a friend works to increase motivation and accountability. After all, who wants to let down their friend who is depending on us to go to the gym or keep them company jogging around the track? Make sure to grab a buddy in addition to your best weight training shoes for maximum results. You will rely on each other for support when neither one of you wants to leave the comfort of your home for another session.
Join a Gym or Engage in Team Sports
To improve your social life and stay motivated at the same time, join a gym or take up team sports. Taking a fitness class or play a sport with others is not only fun, it teaches us more about fitness and is a great way to meet new people. Expanding our fitness support system inspires us and keeps us focused and on track. If you’re really serious about getting the most out of your fitness routine joining a team or group activity may be just the answer you were looking for to improve your life.
Don’t Ignore Cardio Exercises
Remember to do your cardio exercises as they increase your oxygen levels and heart rate help you to burn more calories and have increased energy. Having a well-balanced routine is the key to staying on track and maximizing the efficiency of your workout.
Make Sure to Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep every night is essential as this helps your cells and tissues regenerate and repair after exercising. Especially if you are doing a lot of weight training, you need sleep to rebuild torn muscles. Downtime is just as important as the workout itself. Many people ignore this crucial step, but doing so may negate the benefits of our hard work.
I hope that these 8 fitness hacks have given you some ideas to get out of a rut or keep you motivated to achieve the best you this year. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight, maintain your current weight or just feel better, adopting new ideas and practices will make it easier to get where you want to go and stay there. Anyone can do it, so what are you waiting for? Try something new today for a better tomorrow! You won’t regret it – especially when you start to see the results.
Guest post by Evelyn Kail