1) Drink Plenty of Water.
Drinking water not only prevents dehydration but also flushes out toxins and provides nutrients to your body’s vital organs. The amount of water you need depends on your body weight, height and any activity you take part in, but on average you need around three and a half pints of water a day.

2) Chart Your Progress.
Keep track of your progress and activities by using a fitness log. Charting your progress not only lets you see your improvement but also keeps you motivated to maintain or surpass personal records.  Track such things as frequency, duration, intensity, weight sizes, sets, reps, and how you felt during and after your workouts.

3) Replace your Sneakers.
Replace your sneakers after every 250 - 500 miles of walking or running. The average running shoe will begin to lose its support after a few months of continuous use. Working out with bad support can lead to back pain, muscle soreness, or increase the amount of stress on joints.

4) Stretch Before and After Exercise.
Stretching and flexibility are important aspects of good physical fitness. Stretch for at least 10 minutes before and after working out. This will increase blood flow, prevent cramping, and increase flexibility. fitness

When stretching before a workout it's best to stretch after warming up, this will help loosen up muscles. If you can't stretch beforehand then make stretching after a priority.

5) Exercise at all Costs.
Don't take the all or nothing approach. It's better to do a little training than none at all. Have a back up plan for all of your workouts. Know ahead of time exactly what workout you'll do in that shortened time period so that you don't waste workout time or worse decide to forego it all together. Skipping routines for weeks at a time makes it physically and psychologically more difficult to get back on track and maintain motivation.

6) Resting In Between Sets
Taking a breather in between sets is important. When you attempt to complete an entire set in one turn it stresses the muscles and makes the work out less effective. For building bulkier muscles resting time should be longer. For muscle endurance and leaner, sculpted muscles the resting time should be shorter.

7) Snacking.
There are both good and bad snacks. Avoid processed foods such as chips, frozen entrees, cookies, and concentrated juices. These things are often high in fat, sugar, and calories and contain little nutritional value. Instead try eating foods that are more holistic and natural such as whole grains, crackers with peanut butter, low-fat milk, bananas or other fresh fruit, vegetables, energy bars or drinks, yogurt, or fruit smoothies.

These are just a few simple tips for maintaining a healthy exercise routine. For more tips or a personalized fitness assessment please feel free to contact us by e-mail  or phone at (281) 397-9175.