When you are healthy and your body is in good shape, you feel better about yourself and feel better physically overall. However, to get into better shape, it is helpful if you have access to exercise and weight equipment to help you focus your healthy goals. Here are some tips to help you integrate the right workout equipment to achieve your fitness and health goals.
Combine Weights With Cardio
When you are working with exercise equipment to achieve overall physical fitness, you want to improve your cardio ability and your muscle strength for a combined performance. And to do this you cannot only focus on one area of exercise, such as only running or only lifting weights for strength training. To get the best result you need to incorporate the two in a balanced workout each week.
You can start a balanced workout regime by starting off with a warm-up cardio workout on the treadmill, stair climber, jumping rope, or on a rowing machine, as examples. And for the rest of your workout, select some free weights, barbell weights, or weight machines to focus on your body's specific muscle groups. It is wise to work on different muscle groups each day, resting each muscle group for several days between their workouts. It is important to rest your muscles between workouts so the muscle has time to rebuild and repair itself.
Another important part of your strength training workout program is to use your training time as efficiently as possible. You can do so by completing supersets with your weights. A superset is where you combine two different muscle groups and alternate each workout set. For example, you can select strength training sets on one day and complete squats with the weight bar and also workout your biceps with individual hand weights. After you complete a set of squats, you follow it up with a set of bicep curls and repeat this until you have completed the planned number of sets for each strength training exercise.
When you select your various strength training supersets, it is helpful to select muscle groups of different areas on your body each day. Repeating a set on, for example, your triceps within two or three days of the last set will not give your muscles time to heal in that muscle group. So, it is best to wait at least three days between each muscle group before you repeat the muscle's workout again.
For more information on using strength training equipment, reach out to a local fitness company.