8 EFFECTIVE HEALTH & FITNESS TIPS
We all want to be at the peak of our fitness and well-being, but there is no magic fix or shortcut to a healthier state and shredded physique. It takes time, effort and dedication to build a healthy mind and body, get in shape and stay in shape. We have put together a few tips which will help you reap the benefits with a little less struggle.
- PREPARE FOR SUCCESS
The fast track to better outcomes is maintaining your fitness routine and healthier lifestyle. This can prove challenging for many of us who don’t consider ourselves ‘fitness buffs’. It can feel like an awful drag, lugging ourselves to the gym or making the next batch of rabbit food. In order to avoid this slump in enthusiasm, prepare, prepare and prepare some more. If you’re bored of your routine workout, prepare a programme ahead of your sessions so that you are incorporating exercises which will keep you motivated and engaged. If you find yourself grabbing the first snack to hand after a long day, commit a little time to exploring new recipes and meal prepping in the spare hours you have on the weekend.
- MIX IT UP
Many of us struggle to maintain our efforts beyond the weeks proceeding our New Year’s Resolution and give up at the thought of another laborious workout. In order to ensure that your efforts are consistent, plan and prepare ahead. Instead of dreading the monotony of a routine workout, plan ahead. Decide on a programme of exercise for your session in advance. Use it as a chance to incorporate new exercises into your routine. Do more of what you enjoy and keep it varied. As they say, variety is a spice of life!
- MAKE IT SHORT BUT SWEE(A)T
It is the oldest trick in the fitness quick fix book. Substitute the lift for the stairs or walk the short distance you would typically drive. Any activity is good activity and will encourage you to do more.
If you find yourself short on time, a quick burst of high intensity exercise will boost your cardiorespiratory fitness.
- USE AN ALISAA SPORTS SAUNA SUIT!
The use of a Sauna Suit has been shown to improve your every workout with a boost in Heat Stress and Muscular Hypertrophy, leading to the building and rejuvenation of muscle cells, an increase in efficient utilisation of nutrients by the body and an improvement in focus.
Read our Blog Post on the BENEFITS OF SAUNA SUITS.
- COUNT REPS BACKWARDS
This mental trick can make your workouts far more bearable. Counting down the reps means that by the time you’re on the brink of packing it in, you’re at the 3,2,1 stage which feels closer to the end than 8,9,10!
- VALUE REST DAYS
When you first begin your new fitness kick, it is easy to fall into the trap of working out every day with your new found enthusiasm. However, this can often lead to a quick slump as your body begins to tire and you lose the energy and motivation to maintain your efforts as you can’t see any noticeable changes or improvements. Without rest, your muscles are not getting a chance to recover and grow so make the most of your rest days.
- DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF SLEEP
Some people have a tendency to boast about the fact that they can hurtle their way through life with very little sleep as though it somehow makes them superhuman. However, research has shown that not getting the vital 7-8 hours of sleep a night can have a detrimental impact on your overall health and well-being.
Ensuring that you get 8+ hours of sleep provides the energy you need for exercise.
- RECORD YOUR PROGRESS
Seeing signs of improvement will help you remain motivated to maintain your new fitness regimen. Maintaining a record of milestones big or small can act as a key motivator to sustained effort. It can be as simple as noting your quickest 5K or your record 5 rep maximum. With an abundance of fitness apps on the market, it is now easier than ever to log your progress..