Don’t let the cost of a gym membership or your fear of the gym deter you from getting fit. There are many ways to get fit in the comfort and convenience of your own home that are as effective as going to the gym. Check out these tips on how to make fitness possible, regardless of where you choose to go!

One way to stay healthy with your fitness routine is to make sure that your bench has enough padding when doing weight training. The padding is there for more than your comfort – it also is there to prevent injury. If there is not enough padding, you can severely hurt your spine and also cause nerve damage. Stretch those muscles. Your muscles have to get stretched for longer periods of time as you get older. Aging causes muscle density to decrease, as well as a decrease in pliability. Under 40 years old? Hold stretches for about 30 seconds. Over 40? Stretch for about a minute. You’ll feel more flexible and limber this way. Don’t exercise on a day when you aren’t feeling well, or haven’t had much sleep. If you do, you’ll find that your workout isn’t as satisfying because you won’t be able to put 100% of yourself into your routine. Take a break and return to exercise when you’re feeling better. To successfully catch a pass in football, try shaking up your defender. What you need to do is run close to the defender. The closer you are to them, the easier you can get it and run past them.

Try shorter strides to run faster when you start getting close to them so that you can really speed past them when you catch it. Lunges can be an important part of building up the muscles in your legs for any kind of leg activity like running or play soccer. Instead of stepping forwards with your lunges try stepping backwards. This forces the front of your legs to get the brunt of the workout. Start small and work up from there. Working out your smaller muscles first, prepares them for using large machines and it also prevents you from getting fatigued before your workout has even begun. Save most of your energy for the larger and rougher machines, to maximize the gains from your workout. Don’t forget that it’s important to warmup your mind as much as your body prior to a work out. While your body may be doing all the heavy lifting, it’s your mind that’s coordinating its efforts. To prevent silly mistakes that can cause injuries, be sure to do some stretches that challenge the brain, like one-legged squats. It is important to purchase comfortable sneakers for your workout.

This can help prevent unnecessary muscle strains. Try to shop for sneakers after a workout; your feet are probably swollen at this time, so you will know how the sneakers will fit you after every workout this way. Make sure you are able to wiggle your toes. In order to get faster at running, increase your running stride. You do not want to increase the length on your steps as this does not help you run faster.

Make sure your foot lands under your body instead in the front. Push off on your toes instead of your heel when beginning. It is still possible for people with allergies or exercise induced asthma to workout, even though these conditions may cause breathing problems. Consult with your doctor about taking any medications you need before exercising. Before beginning your exercise routine, jog in place for 15 minutes or take a short walk. This will prepare your body for the workout. If you have severe asthma or cigarette smoke allergies, make sure that you speak to your future landlord about whether there are non-smoking units available or how many people on average, smoke nearby. Many apartments suffer from this problem because they do not separate the apartments by smoking and non-smoking. When beginning to bench, build up to the strength by doing push-ups. Push-ups work out the pectoral muscles and triceps, both of which are used when doing the bench press. While it’s not necessarily the same exercise, push-ups can be a good alternative for individuals who lack gym equipment or are afraid to go in a gym and show off amateurish weights. One way that a person can achieve a physically fit body is by working out.

Contrary to what people believe, it is good that you keep your workouts under an hour because after 60 minutes the body starts to produce more stress hormone, called cortisol, which acts as a testosterone-blocking substance. This then has a muscle-wasting effect. While fitness should push our bodies, it is important though that you not push yourself too hard. By trying to exceed your body’s capabilities, you are not doing yourself any favors; in fact, you may be causing yourself injury. For instance, when stretching, you should push yourself enough that you feel tension in the muscle, but not so far that you feel pain. As you can see, there are many ways to get fit – whether at home or in a gym. You can spend nothing or as much as you want on equipment, but regardless, you can always get a great workout. Incorporate these tips into your fitness routine and enjoy the perks of just ‘rolling out of bed’ and getting right into your workout.