Fitness Tips For A Healthier Lifestyle

You may or may not already have a good work-out routine in place, but everyone can stand to make some adjustments to benefit their health in both the short and long term. Here are just a couple of things you can do to improve your fitness and overall health.

Drink Plenty of Water

This should be an obvious one, as you’ve probably been hearing it your whole life. But there are some common misconceptions about the amount of water you should be drinking before, after and during workout. Drink at least 2 glasses of water before and 2 glasses of water after a workout and be sure to keep some on hand during your fitness routine to prevent dehydration. Staying hydrated may be a no-brainer in warmer months when the sun’s beating and you’re sweating and thirsty, but it’s just as important in the cooler months and for any type of workout you happen to be doing.

Wear Sunscreen While Working Out

Another tip that may seem played out, but an extremely important one. Many people forget to put on sunscreen before a run or other type of outside workout. Wearing sunscreen protects our skin from UV rays and from developing skin cancer. Be sure to use at least SPF30 and if you’re swimming, use a waterproof sunscreen and be sure to reapply each time you get out of the swimming pool.

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Hyperventilation and other breathing issues are a common occurrence during workouts if the person working out doesn’t know how to control their breathing. There are many breathing exercises you can practice to be able to control your breath no matter how intense your workout may be. Controlling our breath during a run, per say, is very important because cramps can spring up rapidly due to improper breath (along with dehydration). Whatever you do, don’t forget to breathe while you work out!

Stretch Before, Stretch After

Most athletes are made to stretch before and after each practice, game or event, and for a very good reason. If you don’t stretch beforehand, it’s possible to pull a muscle or do even worse damage. Stretching warms our muscles up and prepares our bodies for the stress of a workout. Stretch depending on the type of exercise you will be doing. For example, if you are going for a run, stretch your calves especially, to prevent shin splints, etc. Stretching makes an excellent post-workout cool-down, as well. You will want to stretch more beforehand and for about half of the time afterwards. Again, you will also want to stretch mostly the muscles that you targeted during your exercise. Do sitting and standing stretches and make sure to breathe properly during both pre and post workout stretch time.