100+ Fitness Tips- Part 2
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47. Think positive.
You should have a firm belief that you would be able to attain your fitness goals soon. By doing that, you would have the confidence of taking on the challenges head-on. Always think positive, so that you won’t get easily discouraged, when you are not able to lose weight immediately. Aside from that, it can also help you have the motivation you need to stick to your plan.
48. Managing stress.
Stress is one of the factors that can lead you to eat more. However, you should always think that in the long run, it is more stressful if you stay fat than to stop your bad eating habits. This is because when you are overweight, you would be putting yourself at risk of its negative effects. Aside from that, it can also affect your self-esteem to certain degrees.
49. Get your family involved.
When it comes to losing weight, it is best if you have the support that you need in attaining it. Thus, you should inform your family and friends about what you are trying to achieve. This way, they can help you by constantly reminding you of the right foods to eat. Aside from that, they may even join you on your quest to become healthier.
50. Get enough sleep.
Sleeping for 8 hours each night is one of the things that you can do to lose weight. This is because providing ample time for your body to recuperate can make you more energetic the following day. Aside from that, when your body lacks rest, it can abnormally boost your appetite in trying to compensate for the lack of sleep.
51. Take a picture of yourself.
Before starting your fitness program, you should take a picture of yourself. This way, you would have something to compare to, once you can gradually achieve your fitness goals. For example, if you lose 5 pounds in a week or two, you would surely notice the difference if you going to take another picture of yourself by then.
52. Exercise while losing weight.
Although dieting can already help in making you lose weight, it is still best to pair it up with a good workout program. Exercising while you are losing weight ensures that you look more toned and trim, once you can reach your ideal weight. There is no need to go through very strenuous routines for it, especially if you are not into bodybuilding.
53. Increasing your physical activities.
Any kind of increase in your daily physical activities can work wonders for you when it comes to losing weight. This is because it can boost your body’s metabolism, which helps in burning more calories and fats. Thus, try to come up with more physical activities to do each day, so that you can reach your goal soon.
54. Exercise options.
There are lots of options you have when it comes to getting enough exercise. Some of these would include dancing, walking, running, biking, swimming, and more. You can also do some weight lifting if you want to. The important thing is to get your body moving so that you can burn more fat.
55. How much exercise does one needs?
Some people are not very sure about how much exercise they need to put themselves into, to become fit. The amount of exercise you need would depend on certain factors, which include your fitness goals, the amount of weight you need to shed off, and more. Thus, determine your goals first, so that you can decide how much exercise you need to perform each day or week.
56. A step you need to take before exercising.
To be on the safe side, you should consult with your doctor first, before getting involved with a certain workout program. Visiting your doctor would help a lot as far as evaluating your current physical fitness is concerned. By doing that, the doctor can tell you whether it is safe for you to go through certain routines or not. Aside from that, he may also be able to recommend the routines that would suit you best.
57. Come up with other ways to increase your physical activities.
Aside from going through certain workout routines, there are also other things that you can do to perform more physical activities. Some of these would be to get involved with gardening, fixing certain things at your place, and such. Coming up with these things would offer you more benefits than just physical fitness.
58. Park your car two blocks away from your destination.
If you are on your way to your office, park your car a couple of blocks away from it. By doing that, you will have to walk towards it, which would give you a chance to get some exercise. You can also do this when you visit the malls or the grocery stores. Walking a few blocks will not just make you fitter, since it can also help you save more money by consuming lesser amounts of fossil fuel.
59. Never use the elevator again.
If you need to visit someone at a certain building, or your office is on the 4th or the 5th floor, don’t use the elevator to get to it. Use the stairs instead, so that you can let your legs have some exercise that it needs. It may be tiring at first, but once you gain more stamina by doing it regularly, you would no longer feel fatigued once you reach your desired floor.
60. Don’t be too aggressive.
Most people, especially those that are starting their workout programs for the first time, approach it too aggressively. Doing this can lead to unbearable muscle soreness, body aches, and even possible injuries. Keep in mind that doing your workout aggressively may not provide you with the results you want immediately. Thus, start it slow, and be more patient.
61. Vary your routines.
Once you have started with your workout program, you may eventually find some routines to be a bit boring. Thus, it is best if you vary them, by doing some new routines from time to time, or by increasing their intensity. Just make sure that the routines you are doing are done by your goals so that you would stay on track.
62. Take a day off from your exercise routines.
Taking a day or two to relax is not a bad idea, as long as you get enough exercise for the rest of the week. This is because your body needs enough time to rest. In other words, taking a day off from your exercise routines is part of your exercise program.
63. Learn more about exercising.
Learning more about exercise routines can now be done through the internet. Aside from that, you can also read books about it. By gaining more knowledge about the different routines that you can do, you would gain a better understanding of them, especially when it comes to how you can benefit from performing them.
64. Get a partner.
Exercising alone can eventually become boring. Thus, it is best if you find someone to be your exercise buddy. He or she can be your office mate, your best friend, or even your spouse. As long as you have someone to go with you to the gym, you will always have more desire to do so, which can help you in the long run.
65. Walk around the park.
When you exercise outdoors, there are lots of benefits that it can offer you. For example, if you decide to walk or ride your bike around the park early in the morning, you would be able to inhale the fresh air, which is something fitness gyms could not offer. Aside from that, it can also allow you to meet new people, who could eventually become your fitness buddies.
66. Purchase a mountain bike.
Many people today, even coworkers, schedule a regular weekend getaway by riding their bikes to the countryside. Some would even go to the mountains, especially those who have their mountain bikes. Going through such activities can boost your stamina, and give you a good workout every week. Thus, it is a good idea to own a mountain bike soon.
67. Know when to stop.
In working out, you would know when your body has had enough of it. There would be certain signals that your body would give you; and, it is wise to listen to them. This is because there is no good reason to push your body beyond its limits. If you are going to do that, you would be putting yourself at risk of certain injuries. Aside from that, you may get discouraged, when you experience too much muscle soreness than you can bear.
68. Start your workout program properly.
One of the best ways to start your workout plan properly is to go with it at a slower pace. This is because taking it slow can prevent you from getting involved with certain injuries. Aside from that, it would also make the routines more bearable for you, which would encourage you more in going through them.
69. Working out at home.
If you do not have the luxury of time to visit the fitness gym to get some exercise, you can always do certain routines at home. There are lots of exercises that you can do at your place today, some of which would be sit-ups, push-ups, jogging in place, and more. Do the routines at home, so that you can lose weight without having to spend more time visiting the gym.
70. What to do to learn more routines.
If you are exercising at your place these days and you want to learn more routines, one of the best ways to do it is to check out exercise videos. These videos are mostly made by experts in the field, and they are available in most video shops around. All you have to do is to select the types of routines you want to learn more about, play the video at your place, and follow them.
71. Working out at a fitness gym.
When you are working out at a fitness gym that is quite popular, there may be times in the day, when it gets filled up with lots of people. Whenever this happens, you may have to wait for your turn in using certain gym equipment. To avoid this, determine the time of the day when not many people would visit the gym. In most cases, more people would usually hit the gym during the middle of the day, and after working hours.
72. Maximizing your time at the gym.
If you don’t want to waste too much of your time in the gym, then you should avoid people who talk too much. There are times when you may meet a person or two, who simply do not know when to stop talking. They can get you distracted from what you are trying to do if you listen to them. Thus, it is best to avoid them while you are working out; and, if you want to talk to them, only do it once you are done with your routines.
73. Choose the exercise program that would suit your lifestyle.
There is no point if you need to force yourself to get some exercise. It should be something that you can enjoy, as well as fit the kind of lifestyle that you have. Always remember that it is very important that you can stick to your workout program; and, you can only do that if the program suits you best.
74. Talking to your officemate.
Due to technological advancements, when you want to talk to a colleague who is a few stations away from you, you may simply need to send an instant message, an email, or pick up the phone. However, since you want to make sure that you increase your physical activities, then you should stand up and approach him. By doing that, you will be able to burn more calories.
75. Doing something after lunch.
After eating lunch at work, instead of playing online games on your computer while waiting for your lunch break to get done, you should step out of the office, and walk around the block. Doing that would provide you with time for a quick midday exercise. Walking around the block would not just burn more fats, but also prevent you from getting sleepy once you get back to work.
76. Don’t buy new batteries for the remote control.
If your television’s remote control no longer works for busted batteries, don’t mind purchasing new ones for it. It is better if you do not have a remote control around. With that, you will have to stand up and walk toward your TV set to change channels or change the volume level.
77. Don’t place your mobile phone beside you at all times.
When you are at home, it is best to have your mobile phone around, but not beside you. Place it a few meters away from you, so that each time someone calls, or if you receive a message, you will have to stand up and walk towards it. After answering the call or sending back a message, place the phone back at its designated place again.
78. Dealing with a job that lets you sit down for most parts of the day.
Sitting down for a whole day would not just make you gain more weight, but it can also put you at risk of back aches. To get around it, you should do some stretching every 30 minutes to an hour or so. If you have some idle time, spend it walking around the office and chatting with your coworkers while standing up if it is allowed.
79. Avoid coffee shops as much as possible.
If it has been your practice to visit a coffee shop after work, then you should at least minimize it. In most cases, it is not the coffee products that can make you put on more weight, but the tasty pastries that most coffee shops offer. If you need a cup of coffee, make some at your place, so that you won’t get tempted of pairing it up with something sweet.
80. Have a pet dog.
Having a pet offers more benefits than just having a special companion. Your pet dog can help you lose weight, especially if you play with him more often. Aside from that, you can also both have good exercise by walking him daily.
81. Bond with your kids more.
When you are bonding with your kids, in most cases, you end up playing certain games, which can make your heart pumping harder. Thus, the more time you spend with them, the more exercise you can get. Doing that would not just help in attaining your goals, but it can also help in getting closer to your loved ones.
82. Do something during commercial breaks.
If you always find yourself watching television at night, do yourself a favor by walking around and doing something else during commercial breaks. Aside from walking around, you may also do some shadow boxing, stretching, or even dancing. These Activities should get your blood pumping, which can help in burning more fats and calories.
83. Dance around your room. Every weekend, you should make it a practice to listen to upbeat music and dance like crazy. Close your door, and jump around if you want to. Make up some crazy moves and entertain yourself by facing the mirror. Pretend that you are a star performing in front of a large crowd if you want to, and simply have a good time.
84. Clean your room every weekend.
On weekends, you should clean your room, and whenever it is possible, set it up in a new way. This would not just offer you a way to get more excess weight off, but it can also help in getting your room more organized. Don’t forget to include the area under your bed, so that your room would become spotless.
85. Do breathing exercises.
Some people may think that breathing exercises would not help them lose weight. However, it actually can, since it gets your lungs working. Aside from working out your lungs, breathing exercises can get your muscles around the midsection to work as well. Thus, do this constantly, so that you can achieve your weight loss goals soon.
86. Build more muscles.
Building more muscles would not just make you look fitter, but it can also help in losing pounds of weight. This is because muscles require lots of calories to maintain it. Thus, the more muscles you build, the more fats and calories you would be burning, which would eventually leads to weight loss.
87. Purchase dumbbells.
If you can’t visit the gym to go through bodybuilding workout routines, then all you need would be a couple of dumbbells. There are lots of routines you can do with dumbbells, which can help in building up your biceps, back muscles, shoulders, and more. Once you go through such routines, you would become fitter and lose weight along the way.
88. Don’t mind the muscle soreness.
Once you do some routines with dumbbells or machines for muscle building, you may experience muscle soreness after. You should be glad that you feel them since it is a sign that your body is working to build more muscles. This means that even after performing the routines, your body continues to burn more calories, to repair and develop your muscles.
89. Look at yourself in the mirror.
After waking up, get up, undress, and look at yourself in the mirror. If you are not very satisfied with what you see, then it will give you more reason to go through exercise routines to improve your physical condition. This would also offer you a chance to take note of the parts of your body, on which you want to put more work.
90. Set up a good workout program.
Aside from choosing a healthy diet, it is also best to set up a workout program that would suit you best. In most cases though, it is good to start with cardiovascular routines first, before you start with weight lifting. When it comes to weight lifting, you can choose between using dumbbells, machines, barbells, and resistance bands or combining them all.
91. How to start working out the right way.
If it is going to be your first time going through a workout plan, make sure that you start properly. Starting properly means that you need to go slow first, and gradually increase your pacing. As you progress, it is best that you assess your current condition, so that you can determine whether you need to push yourself harder or not.
92. Fitness is not all about losing weight.
When it comes to fitness, it is not all about losing pounds and pounds of weight. This is because some people want to gain weight, to attain better fitness, such as by building more muscles. Thus, if you want to have bigger and stronger muscles, you should not be surprised if you gain weight because of it.
93. Installing your fitness equipment at home.
Whether you want to build more muscles or simply lose weight, it is also a good idea to install your fitness equipment at your place. For example, if you want to develop your back muscles more, then one of the routines you may want to perform would be pull-ups. To do this at home, you can install a pull-up bar for it, which can be done in just a few minutes.
94. Setting up your place to get fit.
If you have decided to do your workout at home, then you should properly check if you have ample space in it. Keep in mind that you may need to have certain types of equipment installed to perform your exercises. Thus, you should designate a room at your home, where you can install and store your exercise equipment, as well as perform your routines.
95. Taking advantage of the internet. When you need to perform certain routines at home, you may want to learn more about how to do them properly. To solve that, you can access exercise videos through the internet these days. Some of them are free, while others require payment. Search for the free videos first, so that you can save some money along the way.
96. Watch the mirror while working out. While you are working out, you should have a large mirror, where you can watch yourself on. Watching yourself in the mirror can help you in performing the routines properly. Proper execution of the routines is very important since it lets you target specific muscle groups effectively.
97. Move around during parties.
Whenever you go to a party, there is always that big possibility to gain some additional pounds, because of the presence of so many delectable foods. To minimize the weight that you could gain, you should constantly move around, chat with friends, and meet new people. Aside from that, if good music is played, then it is a good idea to start dancing.
98. Eat before hitting the grocery store.
If you are planning to go to the grocery store, it is wise to eat something first. The reason behind this is that, when you get inside the grocery store and you are hungry, then you may tend to pick up all the attractive food items that you would come across. Therefore, it is best if you visit the store after lunch, or after your afternoon snack.
99. Eat slowly.
When you eat slowly, not only will you be able to enjoy your food more, but it can help you lose weight as well. This is because your body would take a certain amount of time before it sends a signal to your brain that it has had enough food to eat. Thus, if you eat slowly, then you would be able to reduce the amount of food that you intake.
100. Bring a grocery list and stick to it.
When you shop for grocery items, you should come up with a list of goods that you need to buy. When you have a list, you would have better guidance on what food items you need. However, it is also very important to stick to it, so that you won’t end up purchasing unhealthy food items.
101. How to avoid junk foods.
If you are fond of eating junk food, then you must come up with a way to avoid it. One of which is to make sure that you won’t see a single pack of junk food around your place. Thus, it is time to clear your cupboard from them and replace them with healthier foods that you can eat.