Exercise Smarter Not Harder

It’s the start of the New Year, and this is the only time when local gyms and health centres are happy, any guesses why?

Because almost every individual resolves to get healthier this year, and so they join the gym and fitness centres for that chiselled body. Little do we realise that just getting yourself to the gym is not enough, but understanding your exercise regimen and your goal is required too. We need to realise that exercising the right way is more important than just exercising; it requires proper goal-oriented planning, time, energy and a lot of determination and will to achieve our goals.

The first step to exercise smartly is to understand your body type and requirement, which depends on the goals and where our present fitness levels are. This can be a bit tricky as not every exercise works for every body type. Hence one must get a thorough assessment by a physiotherapist or a fitness professional before starting on a regimen. This helps you to identify any potential problems. Thus, appropriate exercises can be planned, which will ensure an injury-free workout.

The second step is to have a sensible goal setting. Goals should be achievable, measurable and not impossible to achieve. This ensures that we stay motivated throughout our workouts. To achieve any fitness goal, we need to understand the workout requirements and adapt accordingly. No matter how effective your workout plan is, it is very crucial to have a positive mind-set for it. It all amounts to nothing if you are not performing an exercise willingly and with a clear mind-set.

“Variety is the spice of fitness,” says Adam Rosante, celebrity strength, and nutrition coach. “One of the surest ways to hit a plateau is to do the same workout over and over.” Therefore the third step to exercise smartly according to experts, is to diversify the workout. Every person should try out different forms of exercises like pilates, weight training, yoga etc. A change in your workout schedule is fundamental as it adds variety and safeguards against exercise boredom.

There has to be a rest day when you give your body the time to recuperate and restore. It is said that “Think of fitness as a lifelong experience,” Give your body its space and time to adjust with intense, smart workout and let it recover fully so that you can be fit in the long run.

There is a term called ‘plateauing’ which means that exercising isn’t working for your body. This is because your body is accustomed to the routine. It can lead to frustration, and one might attempt to work out rigorously. Avoid the temptation to put too much pressure on yourself. Such things can lead to injuries and can, at times, put a stop to your fitness dream.

To know more about exercises which suit your fitness goals and to understand more about fitness, visit your nearest PhysioRehab centre today!

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