Whether you have only just started exercising after years of sedentary habits, or you are a regular at the gym but have reached a plateau – it can do you some good to go back to basics. The following tips should help you fulfil your fitness goals by taking things one step at a time.
Make lifestyle changes slowly
This is especially important if you are at the beginning of your fitness journey. Trying to overhaul your diet and exercise routine too quickly could cause injury and make you feel demotivated. Instead, look to make small changes over time – you’ll be surprised at how quickly they add up.
This tip also helps those who are stuck at a plateau. Pushing yourself too hard to get out of it may make matters worse, so look to change things slowly yet surely.
Drink plenty of water
Yes, this tip is probably a no-brainer, but it is a simple habit that many of us forget. Staying well hydrated will help you perform your best when you exercise and will stop you from confusing hunger with thirst. Drinking enough water can also help to ward off headaches and boost concentration.
Keep a large bottle of water nearby and monitor how much you drink. If you find it difficult to stick to this habit, set yourself reminders on your phone or computer.
Remember to breathe
Breathing correctly when exercising can help you perform your best. Avoid holding your breath when lifting weights and exhale on exertion. When running, concentrate on filling your lungs up completely; a three-to-two inhale-to-exhale ration is considered ideal.
Mix up your routine
Doing the same exercise day in and day out will not only lead to boredom, your body will get used to it and cause you to plateau. Keep things varied by mixing up your routine from time to time and try to incorporate other active habits into your day.
Changing your routine like this will give different muscle groups new tasks and will challenge your fitness levels.
If you are finding it difficult to change your unhealthy habits, speaking to a hypnotherapist may help. Find out more on our frequently asked questions page.
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