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Fitness Tips for Girls

Fitness Tips for Girls

Let's talk fitness. If you're like the majority of people, you probably aren't getting enough exercise in your life. Well, there's no time like the present to start, and with summer upon us, it's the perfect weather to go outside and get some fitness into your routine. But just jogging isn't enough to get you into shape, so here are some tips and tricks that will help you get stronger, leaner and feel empowered without mindlessly spending hours on the track.

Eat well

Surprised that we're talking about food? You really shouldn't be since the things we eat are what determines the amount of energy we have for our workout. This means that if you're working on an empty stomach, you won't be able to get the work you need done. However, your stomach shouldn't be too full when you're exercising, because it might make you feel sick. The best thing to do is eat a couple of hours before exercising, and then have something sweet like a piece of chocolate or an energy bar to give you a boost before a workout. The same goes for recovery meals – a.k.a. what you eat after you're done exercising. Don't think of this as "negating the work you did"! Your body needs the food, and depending on your workout, your muscles might be working for hours after you've completed your training. Eat something high in protein to help muscle recovery and make sure you'll be able to train again the next day.

​Have the right gear

There's nothing worse than going to the gym without the proper workout clothes, trying to follow an exercise video at home without having the gear or just feeling like you are missing out on the full experience because you don't have everything you need. Well, before you start exercising, you should have everything you need: workout clothes tailored to your exercise routine (you can't cycle in booty shorts, nor can you do yoga in a loose, baggy T-shirt), including things like sweatbands, safe gym shoes and a really good sports bra. If you're working out at home, get the basic gear like weights, dumbbells and an exercise mat to make sure you don't slip up.

Work with weights

A lot of girls are put off by the idea of weightlifting because they think that it will make them too muscular. Firstly: there's nothing bad about looking muscular. And secondly: you will not develop visible muscles unless you really work on it. The reason why lifting weights is so good for you is that it gives you actual, tangible strength, as opposed to just having a lot of stamina. Working with weight is also a great way to get lasting effects and it helps you with burning calories, as your body continues to work even after your workout is over. You'll get a lot more from a short weightlifting session than from a long run fitness-wise. This, of course, doesn't mean that you should only rely on lifting weights, but you should definitely make it a part of your routine.

Stretch

Especially if you're going to be working on building muscle, you need to make sure that all of the connective tissue is long and stretchy enough to support your new muscles. Stretch as part of your warm-up, but more importantly – stretch after you're done. This will prevent inflammation and help you become more flexible. Focus on your hamstrings, torso and neck, as those are the areas that will most likely cause trouble if not stretched.

Two weeks at a time

Even if you like the routine that you are doing, you need to understand that doing the same routine over and over again at one point stops doing any good to your body, as it gets used to it and doesn't feel like it needs to improve to reach a goal. The golden rule is that you should stick to one exercise routine for two weeks, then change it into something else. This will not only keep it interesting, but it is the best way to make sure you are exercising all of your muscles and that you're not neglecting any part of your fitness.

Armed with these tips, you should have no trouble going to the gym and hitting the ground running with your next workout.

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