A little education is one way to make getting fit less frustrating and confusing. You do not need to devote huge blocks of time to learning about fitness, either; even the quickest glance through the resources on the subject can deliver very useful information. This article will share just a few of the quick ideas that could boost your fitness IQ considerably.
In order to maximize your fitness routine, be sure to always stretch. Stretching will help to prevent injury. Many times you may think that you do not have to stretch, or that if your exercise is light enough that your body will stretch itself. This is never the case, and becomes more important the older you get. Always stretch to prevent injury and get the most out of your workout.
When working out some soreness is normal, but pain is not. Working out is often uncomfortable as you are working to increase your endurance and limits; however, it should not be outright painful. If you ever experience severe pain when working out, stop what you are doing immediately. If the pain does not subside, head to the doctor, as you may have suffered an injury.
Maintaining a healthy fitness routine requires that you eliminate any reason to not exercise. Start small and only devote 15 minutes a day to exercising if that is all that you think you have time for. Once you start this, you can build from it and completely extinguish the “no time” excuse. If your excuse is that you are too out of shape, then start slowly by walking or even just doing basic stretches.
To effectively build muscle, avoid painkillers. That may run counter to your instinct, but there's some research to suggest that painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can, if taken after working out, render all your pain pointless by preventing muscle growth. Plus, scientists say the painkillers aren't any more effective than placebos at killing the post-workout pain, anyway.
To get the most benefit out of your strength training, incorporate stretches into your routine. At least one scientific study suggests that if you pause after training your muscles and spend 20-30 seconds stretching out whatever muscle (or set of muscles) it is you've been working, this will increase your strength.
Once your personal fitness routine is underway, you will discover that your education on the subject is never finished. This is a good thing. Continual learning is helpful and even necessary to maintain and improve your fitness results and to help you stay committed. When the knowledge you gain pays off so well, you will start to love the learning process.