You know you’re going to work out hard when you schedule your workout around your academics. Or, even better, when you schedule it on a Friday night. This is because workouts are one of the best ways to stay in shape while going back to school or working full-time. If you’re like many women out there, you might find it difficult to get your workout routine down. Or, if you’re like me, you might find it challenging to remember all the different exercises that are involved in getting into shape. Even though I am a huge advocate for consistency in all things fitness related, this can be difficult at times!
What’s the difference between working out and exercising?
Working out is doing exercise without any additional time or effort invested into it. All you do is put your body through different movements in a prescribed order so it can adapt and grow stronger. Exercising on the other hand takes time and effort. Exercising is different from working out because you’re doing something that is significant in your life. It’s something that makes a difference to you and your well-being. Whether it’s increasing your muscle mass, losing weight, getting in shape, or building muscle, working out is different from just doing some exercises at the same time you’re doing your schoolwork or housekeeping.
Start with a muscle-up!
Most people can’t muscle up right away after lifting weights. It usually takes a while for muscles to adapt to being worked and to grow stronger. You can jump right into muscle-ups once you’ve gotten the hang of it, but you’re likely to experience some minor gains the first few times you do it. On the other hand, working out regularly will build muscle and strength naturally.
Try yoga for a cardio burn
Not only is yoga great for toning your body and mind, but it can also speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight, according to research. Plus, it comes with many different exercise variations for every body part, so it’s perfect for those who have difficulty following a traditional circuit. As a yoga instructor, I find that students of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from yoga. It’s beneficial for all levels of fitness for beginners through advanced, and it’s especially good for working out after class.
Don’t be afraid to use dumbbells!
If you’re like me and often find yourself adding weight to a barbell or having to use weight machines due to injury or lack of access to free weights, dumbbells are the perfect solution. Many gyms now have free weights, but they usually cost money and are hard to find at home. Luckily, you can also purchase digital weight machines with a large number of weights, hooks, and plates that you can use at home. A great advantage of using dumbbells is that you can add weight to either hand, so it feels like you’re working both muscles simultaneously, according to research. You can also do exercises like pull-downs, shoulder presses, and bent-over barbell rows with either hand, so you get a great cardio burn and work for multiple muscle groups at the same time.
This is one of those annoying fitness tips that I love to hate, but can’t seem to get rid of. Ser furiously. It’s true. When lifting heavy things, you’re actually creating momentum and momentum is what you want to put into exercise since it helps build muscle and get you that next little bit of weight you can add to strengthen your grip and increase your reps. This means it will be more difficult for you to do certain movements and you’ll have to concentrate on maintaining proper form and not adding momentum by mistake. Don’t get me wrong, working out and lifting heavy things is fun. It just takes a little bit of concentration and effort.
The only way to get fit and stay fit is to do it consistently. It’s simple. A little bit of exercise every day will do more for your health and well-being than not doing any exercise at all.