November, 2009 Fitness Corner
“3 Methods to Improve Your Workouts”
With the holidays aright around the corner, it’s time to examine your workouts. Specifically, you need to determine if you really are on your way to reaching your goals. This month, I’d like to suggest 3 basic, yet very effective ways to enhance your workouts:
1. Decrease your rest periods (stop wasting time!)- Too often, I see people simply sitting down on a machine/piece of equipment after a set. Instead of staring at the TV or off into space, get up and work an opposing muscle group (“antagonist”). For example, pair a set of push-ups with split squats instead of watching TV for 5 minutes after completing the push-ups.
2. Journal your progress- Write down/type up your workouts, meals, and snacks. It’s been proven through research that people who keep a written track of their exercise and nutritional habits see better permanent results.
3. Variety, Variety, Variety- You need to make progressive changes to your workout routine- and food and beverage intake-to obtain optimum physical AND psychological results. Simply put, it gets boring doing the same thing over and over again.