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Tips for Using The Gym

# If you have a regular 9-5, try and do it before you get back home or before you go to work. Once you have got in during the evening and settled down and had your evening meal, its all over! Another good days intentions flushed away.

Set goals : If you don’t have a goal to reach how do you know if you are making progress? Take a small note book or make a mental note of the weights you are lifting and gradually move up. If losing weight is your goal, keep a record too.

# If you are doing some heavy weights warm up first. Don’t rip a tendon by going hell for leather straight away like a friend of mine’ s did. You should spend 3 to 5 minutes walking or utilising the cross trainer. Similarly warm down afterwards – lactic acid builds in the body when body building. You should casually use the treadmill or the cross trainer at the end of your routine. Particularly if you are building muscle, it is good also to stretch. Body builders are renowned for being stiff.

# Ideally, the gym should be a stones throw away from where you live or work. In other words, it should be accessible. There is no point joining a gym, which is off the beaten track and takes 45 minutes to get to. I mean are you really going to go there three or four times a week?

# Use the gym. The gym has been set up to be used and indeed, you have paid your weekly monthly or annual subscription to the owner. Many gym owners do not really care if you reach your fitness goals. Neither are they massively concerned about whether you use their premises or not. They want your money! So, the motto is if you to pay you go! Many fall into the backwater of going for a couple of months and then quitting. Remember if you have goals it is more difficult to quit. When you do go make a commitment to going 3 or 4 times a week, concentrating on different muscle groups on alternate days.

# Food and supplements: Just because you go to the gym don’t stuff your face with just anything. Many do workouts in the gym and then sabotage their progress by eating sweets, burgers and stuff that is not good for you. It is not going to work for you unless you make a sacrifice. Eating a banana half an hour before raises your potassium levels and staves off cramp. Lean meat and chicken is always good for you if you are body building, as is fish – particularly if its oily. The oil in fish helps to lubricate your joints. Do not forget water too. The effects of water are underestimated in weight lifting ,before during and after exercise. A good vitamin supplement also helps particularly if it has oil in also. Whey protein too is fantastic if you want to mount your muscles. A good health food store shop should be able to help you out.