Wednesday, April 6, 2011

5 Rules for Better Exercise

You can move in the right direction while working out with the following tips:

Give your muscles a break. When you're lifting free-weights or using stationary weight machine in your work out, don't use the same muscles two days in a row. Experts recommend 2 or 3 sessions a week.

Don't hold your breath when you lift weights. Exhale during the most difficult part of your exercise and inhale during the easier part. Take time to inhale and exhale fully each time you lift the weight.

Wear proper shoes for any sport or fitness activity you do at least 3 or more times a week.

Stay hydrated but don't drink too much water. Too much water than your body needs before, during and after long tough exercise, like marathon can put you at risk for a dangerous condition called hyponatremia.

Avoid a lot of pre-exercise stretching which can actually lower your strength, but you should still warm up by taking a brisk walk or jogging before you do a harder exercise. Warming up can reduce muscle soreness.