In this world, there are many people who hit the gym or pound the pavement to build muscle, improve cardiovascular health and a hot body. But working out has above-the-neck benefits. In the realm of fitness, three-month workout programs dominate the landscape. Listed below are the top 10 best gym workout tips to excel your every day workout.
Power Up your Runs
Adding wall sits to the end of every run will strengthen your quads, hamstrings and glutes, improving your speed and endurance. Lean against a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart, then squat until your knees are bent at 45 degrees. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds; work up to doing 10 sets.
Break Out the Shovel
Besides burning nearly 400 calories per hour, shoveling snow develops muscular endurance and power.
Work Out During Your Workday
Sit on a stability ball to strengthen your core, and keep dumbbells or exercise tubing at your desk.
Take This Jump-Rope Challenge
The best cardio workout is the jump-rope double-turn maneuver. It’s intense: You’ll burn about 26 calories per minute! Do a basic jump for five minutes, then jump twice as high and turn the rope twice as fast so it passes under your feet twice before you land.
Don’t Skimp on Carbs
Your body needs them to fuel a workout, so reach for fruit or high-fiber crackers an hour beforehand.
Make Over Your Running Routine
Unless you’re training for a marathon, skip long, slow, distance running — sprinting builds more muscle. Add a few 10- to 60-second sprints to your run, slowing down just long enough to catch your breath between them.
Maximize Your Crunches
Don’t relax your abs as you lower your chest away from your knees during a crunch — you get only half the ab-toning benefit. To get the firmest abs possible, you need to sustain the contraction on the way down.
Intensify Your Push-Up
Squat-thrust push-ups get you in great shape because they work your upper body, core and lower body and improve agility, strength and endurance all at once. Do eight reps total, rest for one minute, and repeat.
Chart Your Progress
Stay motivated using a fitness report card. Jot down these subjects: Cardio, Muscle Conditioning, Flexibility and Attitude. Set goals and grade yourself A through F at least four times a year. When you see how much you improve, you’ll want to stay in great shape.
Give Yourself a Break
You don’t have to be a fitness saint to get results. Follow the 80/20 plan: Eighty percent of the year, you’ll exercise regularly and eat well.