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5 Ways to Make Your Workout Work for You

Some people have all the luck – they’re not only able to lose weight quickly but also able to keep it off and continue looking and feeling great throughout the ages. But is it luck that plays a vital role in their good health and great-looking body or something much more than that? Fitness and health do not come about serendipitously; rather, they have to be earned by following a sensible diet and working out in a smart way. Exercising is not about spending most of your time at the gym or involving yourself in any other kind of workout. Rather, the best ways to make your workout work for you is to be smart and focus on the following:

  • Strategy: If you don’t have a plan when you enter the gym, you may as well not be there at all. Know ahead what you want to do, how much time you want to spend on each apparatus, and in what order you want to use them. You also need to be a little flexible with the order in which you use the exercise machines because other people may be using them when you’re looking to do so. When you have a plan that can be altered a little according to prevalent conditions, you’re good to go at the gym.
  • Shifting: Vary your routine once every few days if you don’t want to succumb to the monotony that is associated with working out every day. Cross training as it’s called is also good for your body and mind because you work a different set of muscles every day and avoid not only boredom, but also injury and strain. Work your upper body one day, your lower body the next, and do some cardio on the third. This way, you keep your routine fresh and work all your muscles too.
  • Staying: Many people read or watch TV as they work out, but if you want to really get the most out of the 20 minutes on the treadmill or your 15 minutes on the stationary bike, focus on what you’re doing instead of trying to distract yourself. You not only avoid accidental falls that could injure you, you also put more effort into your exercise.
  • Safety: It’s important to stay safe when you exercise because even a small injury will put you out of action for days together. So wear clothes that are comfortable and suited for exercising and shoes that fit well and offer support for your feet. Also, follow basic precautions when you exercise and consult your doctor if you have a history of illness or chronic disease.
  • Settling: Just as it’s important to exercise regularly, so is it important to rest your body adequately before pushing on again. So use five days of the week to exercise and allow yourself to rest on the other two so that you prevent yourself from burning out and/or injuring yourself.