During our workout, it is imperative to always listen to your body as it gives us signals and will tell us if we are pushing ourselves enough or if we are holding back. The following are key points to consider when exercising.
Stay hydrated –
It is imperative to replace the fluids you lose through sweat. If you don’t, you could end up dehydrated or with heat exhaustion. A good rule of thumb is to drink two glasses of
water about 15 minutes prior to your workout and another two glasses after you cool down. Be sure to drink during exercise too – a quick sip every 15 to 20 minutes will help you stay
Feed your muscles –
To build and also repair muscle, you need a variety of protein, vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Eating protein helps build and maintain muscle, while fruits and vegetable contain vitamins and minerals necessary for recovery. Carbs fuel your muscles so you feel full energy for your workout.
Make exercise a habit –
Once you get past the fear, it becomes part of your weekly activities. Exercise is proven to be a great stress buster, working out after a hard day’s work will help you unwind.
Always warm up and cool down –
It is important to warm muscles before an intense work out and get the blood flowing to prevent injury and cool down afterwards by gradually decreasing your pace. Once your muscles are warm, you will be surprised at how much more you can achieve in a workout.
Follow your warm up by stretching –
This will help you get the most out of your exercise and stay flexible.
Allow muscle recovery –
Always take at least one day off between strength training to allow the muscles to repair.
Remember to work out safely –
Muscle pain 12 to 14 hours after exercise is normal, but if you feel pain during an exercise or immediately after, then consult a professional as you may be causing an injury. H
(Credit: Lisa Lazarus, fitness and health enthusiast)