The warmer months are upon us– that means shorter skirts, sleeveless dresses and bikinis. The time is now to fast track your fitness. Here’s 5 fantastic ways to do this!
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1. Try acupuncture before exercising.
Acupuncture is a great way to activate your nervous system before a workout. It helps release chemicals in your muscles and central nervous system, which means you’ll be able to train harder, and ultimately see better results.
2. Take regular exercise breaks.
Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to go for a run during your lunch hour every day. Instead, work as much incidental activity into your day as you can. Stand up and go for a walk around the office for a few minutes every hour. Use the bathroom that’s furthest from your desk. Walk to the shops instead of driving. You could even do a set of squats and lunches while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.
3. Vary your exercises.
One reason variety is so important is because it reduces the risk of repetitive strain injuries. Simple variation lets you recruit different muscle groups, helping them all grow stronger and keeping your training functional. Simply changing your grip or foot stance is a great way to add further variety to your workouts. Manipulating training speeds is another great way to add variety and this then ensures your muscles work harder because they don’t rely on momentum.. Don’t be afraid to change your exercise routine every session. Top athletes do this and you can too! If you’re strength training for your upper body, experiment by using equipment with thick handles. To effectively work your upper body muscles and get better results faster, you need to have a strong grip, which means having strong wrists, fingers, thumbs, and forearms. The best way to develop this is to work with thick-handled equipment. Thick-handled equipment also helps to correct strength imbalances (bilateral deficits) and thus reduce the risk of injury. Muscles needs lots of stimulus to get optimal results, and one of the best ways to achieve this is by adding variety.
4. Alternate between upper and lower body exercises.
This is a great way to burn double the amount of calories in your workout and improve your fitness, since it boosts your heart rate. Why? Because your body has to work extra hard to pump all the blood from your lower extremities (eg your leg muscles when you squat) all the way back to the upper extremities (eg your chest and arm muscles when you do push ups). Try: squats into pushups, seated rows into lunges, Swiss ball lying dumbbell pullovers into Swiss ball hip raises
5. Teach your body that being strong is normal.
Getting stronger doesn’t happen overnight. But repetition teaches your body that being strong is normal. Multiple sets are critical to developing your strength, and the more strength you have, the more muscle you’ll use, which means you’ll burn more energy and more fat!
A fitter, healthier more fabulous you isn’t far away. What are you waiting for? Fast track your way to fitness now!