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The Protocols of a Successful Workout
Everyone knows that exercise is good for the body. However, frequently people become discouraged, burnt out, or simply find themselves too busy. Check out these 10 tips to help you work out successfully.
Do something you enjoy. This is one of the most important prerequisites for a successful long-term program. Good intentions are fine, "the road to health" is well-paved with them, but if you are not enjoying your activity then you are not going to continue it. Exercise should be fun, not just another chore on the list.
Act your age and select appropriate goals. Consult your health care provider about developing an exercise routine appropriate to your age and health.
Try to fit your routine into your day-to-day schedule. For example, if you have a dog to walk, make that part of your exercise routine.
Try to use all your muscle groups over the course of your routine; don't focus on just one. Many elite athletes cross train to ensure they are using all their muscles and not overworking or repetitively straining a few select muscles.
Vary your workout. Combine exercises designed to give your cardiovascular system a workout with strength training routines.
Start with a stretch to improve your flexibility and help stave off injury. Stretch your muscles before every exercise session, but only after you have warmed them up.
Allow your body to rest and heal between exercise sessions. Do not overdo it.
Wear the proper gear for the exercise you are doing, be it a protective helmet or clothing, proper shoes, bug repellent or sun block.
Start slow and gradually increase the intensity of your workout as you increase muscle strength. If you set out to play like the pros on your first day, you will very likely regret it the day after.
If it hurts, stop what you are doing. Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. If part of your body begins to hurt, stop, slow down or change your routine.