I thought I would share a few tips for when working out, mostly to help improve your workouts and quite possibly get more out of them.
I know there are many other tips out there but here are a few that I use and find helpful:
Do you ever find when working out the abs your back starts to hurt? When doing exercises such as crunches and sit-ups, pull your tummy into your spine and squeeze your tummy muscles. Pulling in your tummy takes the pressure off of your back and neck which is important to do all the time as it can lead to back injuries such as straining. By pulling in the tummy muscles you are really targeting your core and this can make your workout even more effective. Another small tip is to look up when doing ab workouts as this also helps to take the pressure away from your back and neck.
Focus on the body parts you are working out as this allows you to target that area more and ensure you are doing the exercise properly and with extra effort. Next time you are squatting, focus and think of the areas you are working and you will find it will feel slightly harder as you are targeting your muscles with more effort. Its easy to become lazy when focusing on other things while working out.
When it starts to hurt do two more. This is a rule I have given myself to push my workouts and this contributes to more progress and therefore results. Lets say you have done 30 squats and your legs are burning, don’t stop, do two more. Then rest. By doing this, over time your stamina increases and you will do more and more as it will take longer for it to begin to hurt.
Lastly, stretch. We all have heard the importance of stretching before and after workouts. I never use to stretch and in the middle of the night would wake up in pain from my calves cramping and I would get pain in my shoulder and back. Once I started stretching after my workouts, these problems went away.
Let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to write about, I am always looking for suggestions. Also if you have any tips of your own. I would love to hear them!
Bye for now.