When it comes to exercise everyone is different. Maybe you love running marathons. If so that’s awesome! Or maybe you are a big time bodybuilder. Is so that’s great too!
At Diet Breakthroughs we believe in supporting everyone no matter what type of exercise they choose to do. Because in our minds, as long as you are being active that’s a win win for all involved.
And as long as you are trying to be healthy we think that’s awesome.
With that being said, we do realize that all exercise isn’t created equal. And while we want you to get and remain active, we also want to make sure you always get the best results from your exercise plan.
Here are 5 rules that will help you get the most out of your exercise program:
Rule #1 – Do Something You Actually Enjoy
If you are doing something you don’t enjoy you will never stick with it. Even the greatest athletes, those who endure unbelievable pain and sacrifice, do so because they love what they do.
The number one reason you should do something you enjoy is because you will actually do it. If you are constantly having to force yourself to exercise you will not get that much out of it.
Voluntary exercise is better for your health than forced exercise.
Rule #2 – Workout With a Buddy
Workout buddies do much more than just give you a spot for a heavy bench press. When you have a workout buddy you have someone who will tough it out with you during those grueling workouts.
A workout buddy will provide you with support when you need someone to talk to. They will also encourage you and push you when you feel like giving up.
Research shows that working out with a partner or group of individuals will cause you to push yourself harder by reducing the perceived exertion.
Rule #3 – Take It Outside
Exercising outdoors has a lot of really great health benefits. Not only do you get to breath in the fresh air, but you also can take in the natural vitamin D from the sun which is a vital part of your overall health.
Exercising outside can also make your workout time more enjoyable. And as you know from the first tip, the more you enjoy your workout, the more likely you are to continue doing it.
According to an analysis done in 2011, exercising outdoors also has some really amazing psychological benefits.
Some of them include increased energy, better engagement with daily activities, more focus, less anger and less depression.
Rule #4 – Forget About The Outcome
If all you do is focus on the outcome you will at some point run yourself crazy. Instead of focusing on the outcome, learn to focus on and enjoy the journey.
This will prove to be a huge game changer in your life. You will be a lot more happier and more excited about your workouts.
When you really immerse yourself in the exercise you will find that amazing things start to happen. You will find it a lot easier to get into your flow.
And instead of dreading your workouts you will now find that they are more invigorating.
While its very important you keep your goals in mind, don’t spend all your time focusing on them. Just enjoy the journey. And if at a certain point you realize the outcome is not going to be what you expected, don’t beat yourself up.
Just make adjustments and keep moving forward.
Rule #5 – Don’t Be Afraid To Try Something New
As humans we crave the new and unfamiliar. Its what drives us to test our limits and see how far we can go.
If you do the same workout over and over again for several months you will at some point get bored. Once you get bored with your workout it will turn into something you dread doing.
You will just be going through the motions and getting very little results. The quickest way to give your enthusiasm a boost is to simply try something new.
By trying something new you will become excited about working out again. When you are excited about working out you will get better results.
If you notice yourself getting bored with your workout, don’t be afraid to try something new. And this doesn’t just go for cardio.
When it comes to strength training it is much better to change up the exercises you are doing rather than increase the intensity of the workout.
Keep in mind there is no need to do everything on this list. The idea is to find a few ideas that will work for you and start implementing them into your daily routine.
With that being said, it has been our experience that those who follow most of these rules tend to get the best results.