ADVICE TO HELP YOU GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR WORK OUT
Fitness Tips by Great Britain Athlete and British Record Holder John Lane
Stretching is Key
Everyone tells you to stretch more and more, but not everyone has the same muscles and flexibility levels. Younger people have more supple muscles whilst people over the age of 40 years old generally have less flexibe muscles. If you’re over the age of 40, when you stretch, try and hold your stretches for 60 seconds as opposed to 40 seconds for those under 40 years old.
Don’t Train if Sick
When you’re feeling under the weather or not feeling 100%, then it’s better off that you take the time off training. Training when you are sick is bad for your body and can often harm your immune system. Take the coupled of days off and return to exercise when you’re feeling a bit more like yourself again.
Change up your Grip
When doing exercises such as up right rows and bench pulls, try and save your shoulders by changing up your grip. The traditional narrow grip puts unwanted strain on your shoulder joint and can cause injuries such as tendonitis and damage to your shoulder capsule. Change it up to a shoulder width grip. This will keep your shoulder working longer than expected!
Don’t Skip Meals
It’s easy to skip breakfast. It’s the one meal of the day where your running out the door to get to work or running late. However, it’s also the most important meal of the day. It doesn’t have to do be a lot of food, but it’s important to kick start your metabolism. Even a piece of fruit for a breakfast bar is enough to get the job done.
Sleep is Key
It’s important that you get the right amount of sleep each night. As well as making sure you get enough sleep, it’s also important that the mattress your sleeping on isn’t doing you more harm than good. Try flipping the mattress every 6 months to make sure that you don’t create a dip in the middle. This could help with lower back pain and make your mattress last longer.