By   February 26, 2011

What do you know about fitness? Do you have a personal routine? If you do, do you wish to improve upon it? Is what you’re doing working with your plan and goals? Are you sure you are doing things properly? If you cannot answer these questions confidently, look at the tips below.

When using weight lifting to build fitness, be careful of your form. If you use good form while lifting, you can strengthen the muscles around your joints and reduce daily pain. Using poor form will not only not harm your aching joints, it can actually lead to serious injuries.

To stay fit it’s important to break bad food habits. While a healthy diet contributes greatly to overall fitness, it can be one of the hardest goals to achieve. Most people enter a fitness program accustomed to eating unhealthy foods. This is a habit that can be broken. The quicker the fitness enthusiast acclimates to a healthy diet the faster cravings for junk food will disappear.

If you would like to avoid unnecessary soreness following your routine run, always include a cool-down to allow the sudden build-up of excess lactic acid to circulate through your muscles. In addition to a brief walk following your run, always allow time to stretch your muscles to avoid any pulls or cramping.

Challenge yourself. Increase the amount of exercise that you do every day or every other day. You will eventually hit a plateau in your exercise routine and not be doing yourself any good when you get used to what you do normally. They always say ‘no pain, no gain’.

Since getting regular exercise is essential when aiming to live a healthier lifestyle, you should try to find a workout buddy to exercise with you. Having a regular workout buddy keeps you motivated. You are much more likely to skip a workout if you are exercising on your own as opposed to having a workout buddy.

Practice the “invisible chair” exercise to strengthen up your legs. To start, you need to find a wall that is free of any objects, and that can fit your body. Stand with your back to the wall, approximately 1 1/2 feet away from it. Start leaning back and bending your knees until your back completely fits on the wall. Keeping this position, slowly move your body down the wall until you are mimicking a sitting position. You should not, however, actually be resting on the ground. Remain in this seated position as long as your body will allow you to.

Buy several sets of exercise clothes making sure one item matches all of the rest. Why spend time searching through your closet and drawers for something that matches when you could be using that time to exercise? No one really cares what you are wearing so base your exercise clothing choices on convenience rather than vanity.

To help you stay motivated with your fitness plan, consider working out with a buddy. The support that you get from working out with a friend or a group of friends can go a long way towards keeping you interested and committed. Starting a walking group or joining a gym together are great ways to get fit with friends.

Once you commit to your fitness plan, do not let an injury keep you out of the game. If you get the okay from your doctor, there are always ways to work around an injury and get in some sort of a workout. Working muscles that are not injured will burn calories and help keep you fit while you heal.

Exercise can be the eight-letter word that some people just hate. To some, it means hurting muscles, sweating and extreme will power. If exercising means this to you, then avoid it like the plague. Instead, just physically move more than you do already. If that means dancing while you are stirring a pot of beans, then do that. Movement burns calories, so anything more than what you currently do is better for you.

Improve your basketball dribbling skills by practicing dribbling with gloves. Leather or canvas gloves work best. The glove’s thickness causes your fingertips to become more sensitive to touch so that you can have better hand control of a ball when the gloves are removed from your hands. You can even achieve ball handling mastery this way.

Add calcium rich foods, such as low-fat milk to your daily diet to boost the effects of your workouts. Try to consume at least 600 milligrams or more of calcium everyday. This about two glasses of low-fat milk. Also add other calcium-rich items to your diet such as broccoli, cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt, etc.

Work your way up to a higher fitness level. Don’t start out trying to run a mile by sheer will power. Start off walking at a brisk pace. Each time, add a few seconds of running every few minutes. Increase the time you are running, and decrease how long you are walking every time you go. Before long you will be able to run the entire mile.

When you reach the age of forty, it’s important to start holding your stretches longer. At this age, your muscles begin to lose pliability. They need extra time in the stretch to get the same effect. A good rule of thumb is to hold stretches for half a minute, if you are under forty and for a full minute, if you are over forty.

Try a one-legged bike ride, but keep your balance. Use one leg to both forcefully push the pedal down and pull it back up. Let your other leg rest on the pedals without using it for any pressure. Switch the legs up on occasion for a great workout with minimal effort.

Are you more informed when it comes to fitness? Do you have a new routine or do you have a better routine now? Can you now use a plan that works for you? Do you know how to do things properly? With any luck, the tips above should have created better answers.