It doesn’t matter how often you workout or how you prefer to get your sweat on, any person who has been in the fitness world for some time will tell you that there are a few golden rules that you should follow when it comes to working out.
No matter how hard to train, if you fail to follow these basic rules, chances are that you will not see the results that you are hoping for. Get ready, because here are the golden rules of working out
1. Choose a workout that you enjoy
There is no point signing up for 12 weeks of painful bootcamp if you are genuinely going to hate it. Look for a workout that inspires you to keep training and that you genuinely enjoy. Sure you may not enjoy every moment of it, but overall you should look forward to your workouts.
2. Do cardio
If you’re into strength training it can be all too easy to forget your weekly cardio. Experts suggest making sure that you do at least 20 minutes of challenging cardio, three times a week. If you are trying to lose weight then doing up to 60 minutes of vigorous cardio, five times a week is about the maximum you should be doing.
3. Do strength training
If you’re anything like me you can run for hours on the treadmill, but when it comes to pumping the iron, things get a little bit harder. While cardio is important for keeping your cardiovascular system in shape, strength training will help you ensure that your muscles look toned and well-defined.
I cannot even stress enough the importance of stretching. After any cardio or strength training workout, 10 minutes of stretching will help to ensure that you avoid injury.
5. Fuel your body
Remember the food pyramid? There’s a reason it’s so popular! To perform at your best, your body needs a healthy combination of carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, protein and good fats. Having a small, high protein snack or shake before or after your workout will also assist with building and repairing muscle.
I don’t care how much you think you should be working out, if you do not allow yourself rest days you are limiting your potential for a number of reasons. If you’re a bit of a workout addict, an active rest day of yoga or a light walk is okay, but make sure that you allow your body time to recover and heal before you get your sweat on again.