How To Exercise Properly

In order to lose weight and get a six pack, you have to eat and exercise properly. But what does that mean? Many people struggle to know where to begin and therefore never get started. If you are one of those people, any exercise is better than no exercise. Just get started and you can improve your workouts as you learn more over time. As I’ve said before, if you want to make it easy on yourself, just find a good exercise program to follow and you won’t have to worry about figuring things out for yourself.

In evaluating an exercise program, whether it be one you’ve purchased or one of your own creation, there are 8 key training principles that you should consider. These principles will help you determine if you are following a program that is going to maximize your efforts and give you the weight loss results that you are looking for.

How To Exercise Properly: 8 Key Principles

  1. Specificity – Your exercise and diet program should be specific to your goals. For example, if your goal is to lose weight and get great abs, your program should be focused on that goal.
     
  2. Overload – As you persist with your workouts, your body’s ability to perform them will increase. As this happens, the effectiveness of your workouts will decrease. In order to continue to see improvements over time, you must continue to overload your muscles by increasing the loads you place on them.
     
  3. Recovery – It is while you are resting that your body grows. It is essential that you give your body an adequate amount of rest between workouts (~48 hrs) to allow it to recover. If you do not, you may go into a state of overtraining and fail to get the results that you have been working toward.
     
  4. Reversibility – When you stop following your program, your body will revert back to the way it was before you began your program. This happens over time and can be controlled by going into a maintenance phase after you have reached your goals.
     
  5. Variation – Your body is very good at learning to adjust to the stresses you place on it. After you have been doing a particular exercise or program for a while, your body will get used to it and you will stop getting results. To counteract this effect, your exercise program should change things up from time to time. It doesn’t have to be something new every time. A good rotation of exercises will do the trick.
     
  6. Transfer – Certain exercises will improve your abilities in other areas such as sports and work. If you have goals to improve in such an area, your program should include exercises that produce results that directly transfer to a particular skill that you are wanting to improve (i.e. – running, jumping, lifting, etc).
     
  7. Individualization – Everyone is unique in some degree or another from everyone else. Your exercise program needs to cater to your unique qualities and attributes. Things to consider are your age, body type, past injuries, disabilities, etc. Follow a program that will allow you to adapt it to your circumstances if necessary.
     
  8. Balance – There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Likewise, there is also such a thing as too little of a good thing. Make sure your exercise and diet programs are well balanced. Realize that it takes time to accomplish your goals. Set reasonable goals and don’t go overboard to accomplish them. Your body will reward you for taking the slow and steady approach.

If your current exercise and diet programs don’t fair well when held to these 8 principles, it is time for a change. See if you can tweak your program to get it inline with these principles. If not, find a new fitness program to follow.


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