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The Way You Perform Your Workout Program

By Terje Brooks Ellingsen

Workout or exercise is important both for your body and mind but have you ever considered how you're actually doing your workout program? Whatever you do, if you are involved in a sport or activity that has potential for injury, specifically head injury, use the proper equipment no matter what anyone else tells you. For example, if you are involved with skateboarding and this is how you stay in shape, good for you! However, you need to wear protective gear such as a helmet, gloves, knee guards, etc. Most people think that something significant has to happen in order to get a head in jury. Unfortunately, that is a huge misconception. The truth is that falling one foot onto the pavement and hitting your head is enough to cause serious injury or death. This is the time to put your pride aside and think of safety first.

Remember to take a break

People who exercise need to take a break now and then. If you are actively involved in a workout regimen but you are getting ready to go on vacation for two weeks or have an extra heavy workload for your job over the next couple of weeks, instead of just stopping your routine completely during that time, just cut back. Even reducing your workout by 50% will give you the break you need but also make it much easier to get back to full speed than if you just stopped altogether.

Make yourself ready to run

Before any exercise, always remember to warm up. If you are a runner, before you go out for your actual run, take two to five minutes to jog in place to prepare. You will find that you have a better run

Cool yourself Down

Cooling down after exercise is just as important as warming up before you start. Once you have completed your workout, take five to 10 minutes to walk, or stretch to allow your body to cool down. This is very important for the muscles and joints and for the heart and lung.

Check your pulse regularly

It is a good rule to keep track of your pulse rate as you exercise,. You can pick up an inexpensive pulse measure at any local Wal-mart, K-Mart, or sporting good store. This will measure your heart rate to ensure you are staying within a healthy range. The rate is measured by counting the beats of your heart in a set amount of time, usually about 15 to 20 seconds, and then multiplying the number of beats to get your number of beats per minute. For example, if your pulse at 20 seconds were 40, since there are 60 seconds in a minute, you would take 40 times three for a total rate per minute of 120.

Exercise in the summertime

Exercising outdoors can be refreshing and fun but it can also cause problems, especially in the summertime if you do not follow some simple rules. Make sure you are drinking enough water, about 16 ounces every 30 minutes, before, during, and after exercise. Some sports drinks have special ingredients that help replenish fluids to prevent dehydration.

About The Author

Terje Brooks Ellingsen is an internet publisher who gives advice to people about fitness related issues. Check out his website which offers free information for all who are interested in fitness.


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