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Don’t Workout Too Hard

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:34am

Workout Exercising is great. It feels good to be in shape. Regular physical activity brings several health benefits but you should be careful: overtraining can be dangerous.

People trying to lose weight have a hard time getting into a workout routine. The secret is to start slowly, remember if you are not fit, you body isn’t ready for a tough workout, so take your time.

Motivation is essential to establish a good exercise program. A lot of people try too hard to get results in the first couple weeks, burning out and eventually quitting. Long term workout programs are more efficient and healthier for you. A few important steps are key to get significant results. Planning is as important as getting the workout done.

First, your diet is vital for a solid workout. Make sure you are getting enough vitamins, minerals and protein from food sources. Carbohydrates are really important too, even when you are trying to lose weight. “No carb” diets do not work. A low-carb diet may not be ideal if you are exercising daily because carbs are the fuel for your system. No fuel, no energy.

Second, drink a lot of water. Dehydration is normally one of the reasons people stop working out. Feeling thirsty is a sign you need to stop or take a break. Cramps, sore muscles and overall fatigue could be the result of lack of water in your system.

Finally, a really important factor overlooked by several personal trainers: get enough sleep. Relaxation is as important as eating. Lack of sleep may be responsible for sore muscles and body fatigue. If you feel tired, don’t workout. Taking a 20-30 minute nap prior exercising may bring back the energy you need.

Overdoing your workout will not get results faster. A quick formula to succeed: plan your exercise program, get enough sleep and eat well. Oh, and don’t push too hard, knowing your limits is essential to accomplish results.

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