Tips For Getting the Most Benefits During Your Gym Time

Meeting your goal to remain healthy and fit does not require a gym or health club membership.

There are lots of physical fitness exercises that can be done right in the comfort of your own home.  In some cases just using a resistance cord and a few weights can provide you with all the equipment you need.  Body weight exercises are also a viable alternative to using machines and barbells to achieve the results many of us are looking for.

However, going to the gym may be just the motivation you need to stick to a regular exercise program.  Certainly there are many different pieces of exercise equipment to give us a variety of choices for our physical workouts.  There is also the social aspect of seeing and visiting with other people.  The main goal, however, should be to make sure we carry out what it is we came for,  and that is to complete our exercise plan so as to maximize our health and fitness.

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Never Too Late!

It’s never too late to consider adding a physical exercise program to your weekly routine, in fact resistance training can help slow or reverse the decline in muscle mass, bone density and strength that we begin to experience at around age 50. The most effective forms of resistance training are with free weights, exercise machines and swimming and if you’re already an advocate of spending quality time in the gym, you know that the best results come from staying focused and making the best use of every minute.


It’s easy to chip away at precious workout time by letting ourselves get sidetracked to do an errand, take a phone-call and even worse, waste time while exercising! Keeping a few common sense tips in mind will help you reduce the risk of derailing your progress.


Plan ahead – decide what your workout routine will be and stick to it. If your plan for the day is cardio, jump onto the treadmill or elliptical and focus. Have a backup plan in case your favorite machine is busy; waiting around for an available machine can set your body back to your pre-exercise state, but the object is to keep moving so don’t rest more than 1 – 2 minutes between stations. If the plan is weight training, make a list of six to eight exercises focusing on varying muscle groups and work through your list methodically to get the most from your time spent.

Make sure you get both resistance exercises as well as some cardio to round out your physical fitness routine.

It might be a good idea to work with a trainer at first to set up a proper plan for an overall workout.  Let them know what it is you want to accomplish and if they are trained properly they should be able to set up a physical fitness routine that meets your goals. Using the weight machines is one of the ways to accomplish the resistance portion of the workout.  Make sure you use heavy enough weights to exhaust muscle groups somewhere around 7-9 reps. The best plan is to make sure to get a variety of exercises to get the maximum health benefits.

Save visiting for the juice bar – working out with a friend is great for the support factor, but agree between you that you’ll be social during warm ups and cool downs, better yet spend time together later at the juice bar and focus on the workout at hand. If you can hold a conversation comfortably while on the treadmill, elliptical or bike, it’s too easy and to maximize your time you’re better off revving up the resistance.


Choose music over TV – If a distraction helps get you through, music will inspire you to stay in time with the beat but watching TV may be distracting enough that it takes 45 minutes to accomplish the same calorie burn that could be accomplished in 30 minutes without distractions.

No matter where you choose to do your exercise for a fitness routine, the key is that you have a plan and you carry it out at least twice or three times per week.  Remember, you’re never too old for exercise.

Don’t overlook the importance of eating a proper diet along with your exercise to keep you in top form.

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