Do you want to get fit? While both men and women can have this goal, achieving it will take them along different paths. Yes, many exercises are effective for both genders. But it’s also important to consider the physiological differences between men and women. If you’re a woman who wants to fit into a sexy swimsuit or merely drop a few dress sizes, here are some tips to make your workouts more effective:
1. Do a needs analysis.
To create the most effective workout for yourself, make sure to conduct a needs analysis. Do you want to shed pounds, build muscle-or both? The goals for workouts will differ from person-to-person, so conduct a needs analysis before you do the first exercise in your workout program. You’ll then be able to incorporate the perfect blend of exercises.
2. Don’t avoid weight-resistance training.
Women often avoid weightlifting exercises because they fear that they’ll look like bodybuilding contestants. In fact, combining cardio and weight-resistance exercises will maximize how fast you can burn calories and fat. Doing more reps with lighter weights will help to prevent bulking up quickly. And keep in mind that weight-resistance training doesn’t have to involve weights per se. You can also use equipment such as resistance bands or your own body’s weight, to create resistance.
3. Remember the upper body.
Osteoporosis is a common problem among older women, so make sure to include exercises in your workout that will strengthen the back and shoulders in particular. This will help to improve your posture, which will help to prevent future osteoporosis. Also make sure to get enough calcium in your diet, such as through dairy foods or green leafy vegetables.
4. Find a workout buddy.
By working out with a female friend, you’ll be able to motivate each other. It’s much more difficult to skip a workout session, when your workout buddy reminds you an hour before. During the workout, you’ll have someone to spot and encourage you.
5. Focus on form.
Doing a million repetitions while using improper form won’t do you any good. Instead, focus on form when doing your workout exercises. By using the proper form you’ll be able to do fewer repetitions than when using improper form. That’s OK! Using the correct form will make your workouts more efficient, and thus help you to get better results in less time.
6. Remember that variety is the spice of life.
One of the main reasons why we hit “plateaus” when working out, is that our workouts become as exciting as watching paint dry. The key is to vary your exercises. Here are some ideas. Each day, alternate focusing on your upper and lower body. From time-to-time, do your workouts outdoors as the weather permits. Add some new variations of basic exercises, to your workout. All of these methods will help to add some spice to your workouts.
While creating workouts for women isn’t an exact science, these tips will help you to design the right one for your needs. You’ll feel like Wonder Woman, without needing to wear a superhero outfit