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What are Some Workout Tips?

B. Miller
B. Miller

Exercising regularly is an excellent way to improve one's overall health and physical fitness level. Many people find themselves frustrated when working out, however, and may get bored or discouraged when they don't see the results they want. There are some general workout tips to follow that may be helpful in making workouts more effective, including setting continuous goals, finding the right mix of intensity and frequency, choosing a good time to exercise, and planning a personally enjoyable workout. Overall, it's important to make exercise just a part of life.

While it is important to set goals when exercising, either to run farther or faster or to lift heavier weights, for instance, it is important not to get so caught up in pursuing a goal that, once it has been achieved, there is no motivation to keep exercising. Exercise should be a lifelong process, so it is important to set continuous goals with that in mind. In addition to goal setting, it is important to begin exercising slowly, realistically considering one's level of physical fitness. Check with a physician with any concerns about the safety of exercise.

Exercising outdoors can make a workout more interesting.
Exercising outdoors can make a workout more interesting.

Most experts advise exercising between three and five days per week, for 30 to 45 minutes per session. In general, most workout tips will state that it is more effective to exercise at a higher intensity for 30 to 45 minutes than at a lower intensity for an hour or more. Frequency of exercise may vary depending on the type of exercise performed. For instance, another one of the most vital workout tips to prevent injury is to allow the muscles time to recover between weight lifting sessions, whereas aerobics sessions can take place more frequently.

Jogging provides an aerobic workout.
Jogging provides an aerobic workout.

It is important to work out during the time of day when one is most energetic. Some people function better in the morning, while others take their lunch break to exercise, and some people exercise after work. Remember to eat a healthy breakfast every day, drink plenty of water throughout the day, and eat a small meal after exercising to prevent blood sugar crashes. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that contains plenty of protein is important.

Swimming is a good aerobic workout for those who enjoy the water.
Swimming is a good aerobic workout for those who enjoy the water.

Another important workout tips is to choose a type of workout that is personally enjoyable. Bicycling, brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing are all examples of excellent aerobics workouts. Whatever is chosen, remember to vary the workout to get the most benefits. Weight lifting or strength and flexibility training should be a part of workouts, at least a few days per week, and it is a good idea to weight-lift first before doing aerobic work. When weight lifting, remember to move slowly both while extending and contracting the muscle, and focus on technique rather than speed.

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Discussion Comments


I don't have that much extra time or dedication to change my body. But a fitness plan that encourages me to eat clean, add 30 minutes of aerobic/body-building workout 5 times a week could really help me face life more positively. I get that!

Whether we decide to bike, swim, dance, or jog with our dogs on a daily basis, we can live life with the right attitude. Move more and improve our health, attitude, and increase the feel-good hormones that occur naturally.


My husband has been working out for as long as I've known him (26 years) and has just recently begun an exercise program that has changed his life.

He started the P90X program of daily workouts with muscle confusion at the core of its success. Changing what your body does on daily basis creates change in your body.

After two weeks I could see a huge change in his body (I was taking weekly photos for him) with reduced body fat and more muscle.

Obviously it takes great dedication to make a change for the better. But even if you only have 30 minutes a day a couple of times a week, you'll see the difference. You'll make a change in the outer you as well as the inner you.

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    • Exercising outdoors can make a workout more interesting.
      By: Sergejs Rahunoks
      Exercising outdoors can make a workout more interesting.
    • Jogging provides an aerobic workout.
      By: Martinan
      Jogging provides an aerobic workout.
    • Swimming is a good aerobic workout for those who enjoy the water.
      By: Maridav
      Swimming is a good aerobic workout for those who enjoy the water.