Working on something for a long time without seeing results can feel pretty deflating, especially when it is your body and health that you are trying to get in the best possible shape. There could be a number of reasons why you are not seeing the benefits of your hard work, as each body responds to exercise in a unique way and we all start off at different points. Today we are going to highlight some ways that you can take your fitness to the next level, and all of these tips will suit every body shape and fitness level.
Quality Gym Equipment
There are times to score a bargain and cut corners, but your gym equipment should not be hastily bought as they are the tools that are going to help you achieve your goals. Invest in your equipment as you would your body, and find a brand that works for you. A poor quality yoga mat will not give your joints the required support, and proper kettlebells will allow you to work out safely without hurting yourself accidentally. Another great benefit to purchasing quality gym equipment is that you only need to buy it once and it lasts.
Consider A Trainer
It’s hard to analyse ourselves accurately and know which parts of our body are stronger or weaker than the rest, not to mention how we even define the goals we are working toward. A trainer can provide fantastic direction and create a personalised fitness program that has you working smarter and not necessarily harder. Personal trainers can be expensive, so consider seeing one monthly or bi-monthly and working on your fitness program between their sessions so they can review and tweak your performance as you go.
Diversify Your Routine
Picking up the same weights and doing the same routines each week can be a little boring, and it might also be keeping you from a better way to get a burn. Diversify your exercise routine so that you are actually incorporating a mix of cardio, strength and low-impact exercise so that your muscles have time to recover as different ones are being worked each time you get your heart rate up. Remember, walking and other incidental exercises are not inferior and have their part to play in an active lifestyle, so don’t think you need to wipe yourself out every time.
Review Your Diet
Everyone has heard that ‘abs are made in the kitchen’, and so it makes sense that your diet should also be engineered toward your fitness goals. This does not mean reducing your calorie load, and it might actually mean that you have to increase your food intake so that you are nourishing your body and giving it the fuel it needs to recover muscles and take on the next work out. A protein-rich diet with lots of greens is a great place to start, but you also shouldn’t avoid carbohydrates as they are an essential part of a healthy diet.
Replace Your Current Modes Of Transport
Do you rely on your car for small trips that could easily be made on foot, or do you choose public transport instead of walking or bike riding? Taking your fitness routine to the next level might be as simple as replacing your current mode of transport with something more active, and you won’t even need to make time for this change as you are already making these trips to and from places. If your colleagues and friends are also looking to level up their fitness, see if you can enlist them on these walking and riding missions so you have company on your journeys.
The best part about any fitness routine is that it can always evolve and change as you need it to. If you are committed to change and seeing real results, be sure to record what you are doing when you are doing it so that you can reflect on what works and what hasn’t worked so well. You might stumble upon the perfect routine this way.