If you’ve been in health and fitness for a while now, you might be wondering how you can crank your fitness levels up a notch and take it further than ever before. When you stop challenging yourself, you stop getting results. Here are a few tricks to help you continue to push yourself:
Set Brand New Goals
Setting goals helps to keep you focused. You don’t have to have a specific fitness goal – it isn’t compulsory. Some people just work out because it feels good, and they know it’s healthy. However, having goals determines how exactly you should be working out. So, if you wanted to build muscle you’d be lifting heavy weights in the right rep ranges, and if you wanted to lose fat you’d do a mixture of weight lifting and cardio, maybe some classes thrown in there. Set some brand new goals for yourself, such as beating your deadlift personal best, or rowing further in one minute. Make sure they are achievable and measurable, and not just ‘get abs in two months’.
Focus On Compound Movements And Functional Fitness
Compound movements are the following:
- Chest press
- Military press
Basically, any move that engages multiple muscles and not just one muscle, like an isolation exercise does (eg, donkey kicks, bicep curls). Functional fitness refers to bodyweight exercises and weighted exercises that actually benefit you in real life. For instance, farmers walks with heavy weights can translate to carrying more shopping into the house. Being able to do push ups, pull ups, and planks can help you to get better at life, too. Plus, you get some sweet bragging rights!
Invest In Clothing And Accessories To Help You To Push Harder
There are certain items of clothing and accessories that can help you to push harder than before. Investing in a fitness tracker, for instance, can help you to track heart rate, calories burned, and even your sleep. Having Biopods.com in your shoes can protect your feet and make you an even better runner. Do your research on pieces actually worth spending money on before you splash out!
Eat To Fuel And Nourish Your Body
Eating can be fun occasionally, but most of the time you should be eating to fuel your body. In terms of progress, aesthetics, and health, the food you eat is even more important than exercise.
Visualizing yourself doing certain exercises that you once found tough, and visualizing how you want to be when you’ve reach your goal can help you to create new neural pathways that assist you in reaching them in reality. It sounds weird, but visualization is a technique that has been proven to work!
Make Sure You’re Getting Plenty Of Sleep
Sleep will make a big difference to how you perform, but it’ll also either help or hinder your body to make progress. You can’t be sleep deprived and hit PBs, or make great progress in other areas. Make sure you know how much you need and get that much sleep per night, consistently. Even on weekends!