Fit Tips




Doing exercises on unstable surfaces such as exercise balls, balance boards, or BOSUs forces the body to to use more muscles, making the exercise more effective. Try doing crunches, push-ups, and squats on these types of equipment.

If you're not in the routine of exercising regularly but want to start, one of the hardest parts is simply making working out into a habit. Start with 5 minutes a day (lunges, push-ups, crunches). Once this becomes a habit it won't be hard to add time to these workouts.

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a gym or fitness center are looking for one that is close to work or home, with hours that are convenient for you, and that has a variety of activities so that your workout doesn't become monotonous.

For serious injuries such as strains and sprains remember the acronym R.I.C.E.; it stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Use heat when treating sore muscles to help relax and loosen the muscle. Use ice when treating injuries such as sprains to help reduce inflammation.

Trying to break in a new pair of ice skates? Use this trick: put them on, lace them up, and use a hair dryer to heat up the leather, this will enable it to mould to you foot. Keep the skates on for at least 30 minutes to allow the leather to cool.

You don't have to WANT to exercise - you just have to DO it. The hardest part is starting, but within a few minutes of beginning your workout you'll feel better, and once you've finished, you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

If you're not a big fan of the gym, or find that you spend more time driving there and back then you do on your workout, try investing in a couple of workout DVDs. Even just 15 minutes a day will make a difference if you stick with it.

Trying to motivate yourself to exercise? Write down a list of the reasons why you want to and look at it often.

One of the best ways to find motivation to exercise is to do something you enjoy! Not everyone likes the gym... so if hiking, playing racquetball, swimming, or dancing is more your thing, then do that instead.