Last year has given us plenty of clarity. It’s taught us that being at home doesn’t have to limit our ability to get physical exercise, and for many, it has also taught us that you don’t need to accept that you aren’t in the best shape as of right now. Making progress is slow, but there’s never a better time to start than now.
Keeping that in mind, improving your overall physical performance is certainly a worthy goal to have started last year, continued it into this year, or are starting fresh. If you’re still unsure of how to go about making improvements to your personal fitness levels, then here is some helpful advice on where and how to start.
Add Supplements to Your Daily Routine
You likely already know that diet is one of the key pillars of a healthy lifestyle, but supplements can pick up the slack where your diet may be lacking. Some would argue you should hold off on supplements, but it’s not a bad idea to get informed early.
It could be something as simple as protein powders, or a more complex supplement with ecdysterone, but whatever it is, they can help you get the nutrients you need or enhance your performance. Supplements should be something to consider for any kind of performance goal (strength, weight gain/loss, endurance, etc.).
Set Out Specific Goals
The problem that is persistent across fitness plans for individuals is the lack of vision. There’s a basic understanding of wanting to get more fit, but that hardly means anything without context. Knowing that you want to get more fit by way of lifting 100lbs more on the bench press helps you tailor your goals to meet more specific needs. Specifying your goals is a necessary part of improving your physical performance.
Know Your Physical Limits
If you’re jumping back into fitness after a long time or doing so for the first time, you shouldn’t have an egotist mindset that you can conquer anything without preparation. Ego lifting, as it’s called for weight lifters, leads to plenty of injuries that take time to recover from.
Start slow and low with workouts until you find a groove and can determine how much you can handle. No one is going to judge you for lifting less weight or lasting a shorter time on the treadmill, it’s all about pacing yourself.
Find What Fitness Methods Work Best for You
It’s also really conducive to your goals to figure out what fitness methods are best. This ties into what your goals are, so naturally, with cardiovascular/endurance training you’ll gravitate towards running, swimming, rowing, biking, etc. but there are plenty of ways to hybridize your training methods.
Cross-training by implementing weight lifting and endurance is not only great for reducing injury but it also helps benefit more muscle groups simultaneously, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Improving your overall physical performance is much easier with the right information to help get you started or guide you. This brief collection of advice will allow you to set your goals, find ways to reach them easier, and achieve them in a more realistic fashion.