In this article, however, we are focusing on some oblique pieces of advice that are not necessarily related to weights, reps, sets, etc.
We reached out to some of the best professional trainers out there and here’s what they had to say.
(Read part 1 here.)
4. Be Careful With Your Self-Image
People tend to give up on working out, not because their body can’t handle it, but because they are being too hard on their self-image. Never pay too much attention to your appearance.
“Our bodies can handle WAY more than we usually ask of ’em but our self-image can use a little pampering,” says Rob Sulaver, C.S.C.S., founder of Bandana Training.
5. Make Sure You Exercise Your Mind As Well
Exercising and eating healthy is not just about looking better on the outside. Losing weight and sculpting your body takes time, but mood and energy changes come first and are just as important as getting into shape.
“Being in shape helps you in every aspect of your life — it helps you sleep better, boosts your energy throughout the day, and puts you in a better mood,” says Natalia Roberts, fitness instructor at ((305)) Fitness.
6. Don’t Underestimate Your Body
If you feel that your body can’t handle a certain workout routine, do take it down a notch when it comes to the tempo.
But, never give up completely just because your body is facing a hurdle.
“Our bodies are incredible at adapting, so much so that when you perform the same exercise repeatedly, your muscles adjust to make that exercise easier,” says Jill DeMarco of Strengthen Lengthen Tone, and continues:
“Basically, your body is no longer being challenged to the same degree, and therefore has no reason to continue to develop strength. Think about playing with tempo, resistance, or duration, and work to incorporate all the key elements of fitness into your training regimen: cardio, strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance.”
7. Make Sure You Get Regular Massages
Although massages don’t seem like a crucial part of a fitness routine, they are tremendously important, and far too many people tend to omit/avoid/forget getting them on a regular basis, which can be rather hazardous for a human body, especially in the long run.
“Get a deep-tissue massage at least every two weeks to every month. This will enhance your recovery, your performance, and decrease your chance of an injury,” warns John Henwood, the founder at TheRUN.