MAXIMIZE YOUR WORKOUT IN SIMPLE WAYS
A special occasion like a wedding or conference can be a strong motivating force
for getting fit. Don’t opt for extreme diets or regimens that can make you feel
depleted or even backfire, leaving you in worse shape. Follow these tips and you’ll
feel stronger and more confident – plus you’ll look great in all those group selfies
and have people saying, " What have you done? You look brilliant!"
PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY
Bring your phone into your workout with you and it’s pretty much guaranteed to
distract you (and limit your calorie-burn). If you need it for music, put that thing
on “do not disturb” mode.
MASK YOUR TROUBLE AREAS
Exercise isn’t always enough to achieve an ideal hourglass figure. Genetics plays
an important rule, but enhancing the physique of your hips and shoulders can
make the midsection appear smaller. In the gym, perform the following exercises
every Monday and Friday for one set to positive muscular failure: deep leg-
presses with feet shoulder-width apart, hip abduction machine, and lateral raises
with dumbbells (10-12 repetitions).
MONITOR YOUR REST PERIOD
Most people rest far too long between sets, heading to the water cooler and
chatting with friends. Limit your rest periods to 30 to 45 seconds and be ready to
start back onto your next exercise as soon as the watch dictates. Incorporate
‘active rest’ exercises. They don’t require great amounts of energy, but still, keep
you moving. Core exercises are great active rest moves.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
The more you focus on form, the faster you’ll see results. Performing exercises
incorrectly can work the wrong muscles and put you at high risk for injury. Consult
a personal trainer, or print out how-to exercises from accredited fitness Web
sites. Don’t learn how to do a workout by watching someone else. Who is to say
they are doing it correctly?
WARM-UP. COOL DOWN
Do you start the day without breakfast? You shouldn’t. And you should never
workout without warming up your muscles first. Stretching not only prevents
injuries and makes muscles more limber, but it also gives you a chance to
mentally focus on the task at hand. Add a pre-workout walk to help loosen up
your legs, especially if you plan to do a lot of cardio.