Work It Out

These are tips to help you either get on the right path to a healthy workout routine or maintain and improve your current one. Write a few out on sticky notes a place them around your house to act as a reminder to get active!

Get out of your comfort zone when it comes to your workout. If you normally do 30 minutes on the elliptical, shoot for 35. If you only crank out 15 push ups, go for 20. Small advances can help keep your body guessing, which is the best way to get the results you want.

Try a minimum of two 20-minute sessions per week that include exercises for all the major muscle. Using compound moves such as lunges, squats, dumbbell presses and pull-ups, which work several muscle groups together, can make your gym time more productive and multiply your results.

If you’re just starting out with exercise, it’s best to take it slow. If you’re running or cycling, for example, build up your endurance for at least a month before you get into anything more intense. That means going at a rate where you can easily talk without being out of breath. However, once you have that base of endurance, step up the intensity to step up the effectiveness of the workout. (Brought to you by ZenHabits.com)

When exercising, breathe in through your nose, and exhale from your mouth to keep the lungs clear and allow more air to enter.

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