People exercise for differing reasons but the results are often the same. They improve their appearance, build muscle, improve their heart health as well as respiratory function and finally be able to accomplish what others cannot. This article will offer some suggestions that will improve your results and increase the odds for your desired effect. It's easy to start a workout regimen; it is something else to do so properly and effectively. Continue reading this article to educate yourself on the proper training techniques that ensure complete success and leaves others envious of your workout endeavors.
Always train slowly without compromising your form. This is important in that it isn't a race and the slower you go, the more your muscles have time to feel resistance and contract properly to stimulate growth. It also prevents stress on the muscles and reduces the risk of injury or even after workout exhaustion. This is an area many people do not understand as they have the no pain no gain philosophy without understanding that the reason they suffer more injuries than others is that they push it too hard. Go slow and allow the muscles time to stretch, react and contract. You will be going slow and steady but winning in the end.
Everyone needs to warm up before a workout in order to get the blood flowing, loosen up tense muscles and stretch tight tendons and cartilage. This is important as you could build muscle without warming up before hand and end up with a serious tear that requires hospitalization or you simply cannot move as your muscles are too stiff after a heavy workout. If you have ever worked out before or even gone on a long walk and experienced severe pain in a certain area a day or two later, legs for example, you more than likely did not warm up and stretch beforehand.
It is recommended that you start light and work your way up to heavy weights. Some people prefer to stick with light weights and add to their reps as the sets increase. The goal is to let the muscle prepare itself for the increase in weight or reps to prevent harm. It is extremely easy to tear a muscle by diving in with heavy weights and increasing from there. It's simply a shock to the system and too much for the body to take. Always work your way up to your heavy sets.
Finally, not only should you stretch before your workout, you should do so between sets. When we lift weights and our muscles are tense, they are contracting. Stretching between sets will actually allow them to relax and reduce the risk for a muscle tear or muscle exhaustion and pain. Stretching is good and it is the easiest thing you can do so make sure you take a few seconds between sets to do so.
Workouts are a way to feel good and improve our health. You do need to understand that it is extremely easy to hurt a muscle or reduce your workouts effectiveness by ignoring some pre workout rituals or diving in with heavy weights before your muscles are ready. By adding these suggestions to your workout routine, you are assured to be making the most of your efforts and producing the best results.