Exercise Machines We all want to get in shape and stay fit and one of the ways we try to do this is with a gym membership. It gives you access to exercise machines that you might not be able to afford or have room for. But what happens when you can’t afford the membership. Here are some helpful tips for getting in shape when money is tight.
If you are able to, exercise first thing in the morning. It will get your metabolism going for the day. Feeling sluggish mid-morning or mid-afternoon? Get up from whatever you’re doing and take a 10-15 minute walk. Drink a couple of bottles of water while you’re at it. Do not grab that candy bar!!!
In order to maximize your fitness routine, be sure to always stretch. Stretching will help to prevent injury. Many times you may think that you do not have to stretch, or that if your exercise is light enough that your body will stretch itself. This is never the case, and becomes more important the older you get. Always stretch to prevent injury and get the most out of your workout.
Don’t have a large chunk of time to devote to exercising? Break your workout into two sessions. Don’t necessarily increase your workout time, just break it in half. Instead of running for one hour, run 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. If you don’t want to hit the gym twice in one day you can do one gym workout, and one outside workout.
In order to increase strength, try lifting light weights fast. By lifting a lighter weight fast your muscles will generate greater force than if you were lifting a heavier weight slowly. To get the most out of this type of explosive training, select a weight that is 40 to 60 percent of your one rep maximum, and perform 8 sets of 3 repetitions. Each rep should be performed as fast as possible.
When beginning a fitness program it’s important not to set your goals too high. You want to start small and work your way up. If you aren’t used to exercising then don’t commit from the onset to an unattainable goal of an hour a day. Start with fifteen minute blocks and increase as you build endurance.
If you want to build muscle mass, you must do resistance training. It’s as simple as that. Cardio exercise will not build muscle bulk, though it is healthy. If you wish to build visible muscles, you will need to do resistance exercises, preferably with free weights, not exercise machines.
If you have a gym membership, use every piece of equipment offered. Try not to use just one or two different exercise machines. Using a variety of machines will not only prove more fun, but you’ll effectively work more parts of your body. Try to learn to use at least a dozen different machines in your gym.
It is a known fact that a person should not use just machine weights in their workout routine. Many studies have shown that while using exercise machines can increase strength by up to 34 percent, it can also decrease strength for everyday activities by 3.5 percent.
If you are overweight and looking to improve your fitness level, make sure you use exercise equipment that will fit you. Most exercise machines are built for people with a ‘normal’ build and are not ideal for bigger people. Look for equipment designed for larger people and you will reduce the risk of injury.
Try to use free weights rather than exercise machines.
While exercise machines are great a way to stay fit, your body can actually benefit more from free weights. Free weights work stabilizer muscles that most machines don’t. Not to mention, free weights are also much less expensive and bulky. It is a better choice all around to add free weights to your home gym.
Whether you’re walking with friends, investing in some hand weights or getting tips online, there are a variety of ways to lose weight without spending a lot of money. New routines from your exercise machines or a change in habits can not only help you lose weight, but can add some pennies to your piggy bank.