Bill Pearl has forgotten more about physical fitness than most of us will ever know. So we continue with our series of great health and fitness tips (11 Health and Fitness Tips From The Great Bill Pearl, Part 1).
6. Rest Periods Are NOT 'Goofing Off'
Be sure to rest whenever it's recommended. Resting is just as important as exercising but, in our zeal to make quick improvement, we often forget that. If your exercise program includes rest, be sure to take it and don't keep pushing because you think you'll get faster results.
Or, if you're tired, cut back on your exercise and do fewer reps or fewer sets. At the end of any exercise session you should feel energized and powerful. If you don't, that's a signal that you're working too hard
7. Don't Avoid The Exercise You Detest
Be sure to work on your weaknesses. It's human nature to avoid the areas where we feel weak or we don't perform well and let's face it … it's much more fun to work on our strengths. However, that's a sure formula for imbalance. It's often true that what we like the least is what we need the most (darn it!).
8. Don't Exercise Thoughtlessly
Pay close attention while you're exercising. If you are working your triceps, be mentally focused on what you're doing and "see" that muscle growing stronger with every movement. Don't believe that this is unimportant New Age hype. It isn't. Your muscle will respond to your mental directions.
9. Don't Wear A Tank Top In A Snow Storm
Be sure that you are dressed appropriately. For example, if it's cold out and you're running in shorts and a tank top, a significant percentage of your energy will go towards keeping you warm rather than building your body. Don't waste energy unnecessarily.
10. A Camera Can Help You Lose Weight
Pictures are a great way to stay motivated. Especially when we're newbies, we desperate for results and so it's hard to stay focused if we can't see noticeable improvement. However, if we see in the camera that our body is changing, we will be encouraged to continue, so take lots of "before" pictures in many different locations.
Take your measurements with a tailor's tape, scale and yardstick, including:
* Your waist, 1" above the navel
* Your chest, inflated and deflated
* Your hips at the widest part
* Your thigh directly below your buttocks
* Your triceps and biceps at the widest part
11. Physical Improvement Is Only Part Of The Game
A gloriously fit and healthy body is our goal but we are more than just physical beings. Be sure to improve yourself mentally, emotionally and spiritually while you're working on your body. Do not believe that one area is more important than the others.
Bill Pearl's simple and logical tips will help you improve your muscle tone and growth in the quickest possible time. The rewards are so fabulous: an improved circulation, less fat, stronger muscle, the ability to work harder, and best of all, you will begin to feel great.