Everyone seems to be shouting these days that in order to lose and get fit you need to workout, workout and workout.
At least, that seems to be the general refrain amongst today’s fitness experts. However, rarely, if ever, does one care to offer a step by step workout plan that even newbies can understand well.
You see, just like everything else in life, there is a certain formula you need to follow when doing workouts. In this article I will tell you about the five parts of a workout plan.
Warm up: A warm up exercise would do exactly what its name implies – it would warm up your body for the hard core workouts that are about to come.
Make sure that you don’t use a hardcore workout for a warm up as that would only make you tired even before you have started your actual workouts.
In my experience, elliptical trainers are best suitable for warm up exercises. Why? It not only involves your entire body in the workout but also lets you exercise at a low intensity level.
Ideally a warm up session must not last for more than 5-10 minutes.
Stretch: Now, before doing stretches, you must drink at least one glass of water. Now start the stretching workout.
Stretching fills up your body with adequate oxygen so that you don’t suffer from fatigue during the actual workout session. Ideally you should not spend more than five minutes on this, or at most, ten minutes.
Once you have done stretching, drink another glass of water. In the next step the actual workout session would start.
Weight workout: A workout session must not be either too long or too short.
If it is too long then you would not only get badly tired at the end of it but also have a difficult time in recovering from the strain of the workout; on the other hand, if it is too short then you won’t be able to work on your muscles hard enough to produce the desired results.
In my opinion, you should spend no less than 45 minutes and no more than one hour on this workout. You should also take breaks of about 2 minuets between each set of workout, and during these break periods be sure to drink adequate water.
Stretch: Once you are done with the workout, start stretching again. Stretching makes your body relaxed. When your body is in a relaxed state, it would be able to recover from the strain of the workout quickly. Stretching also helps regulate your blood flow and prevents cramping that may occur as a side effect of heavy exercise.
Replenish your body with carbohydrates and protein: By the time you have finished your workout session, your body would have little energy left for doing anything else.
To replenish your body for the lost energy, you should consume an adequate amount of carbohydrates. I have found that sugar drink is the best choice for this purpose as your body is able to get loads of carbs quickly that way. After an hour, you should take a large sized, protein-rich meal.