There is a lot more to being fit than going to the gym. Educate yourself on how to live a healthy lifestyle and stick to your fitness routine. It takes patience and persistence to achieve results, so stick to your routine so you can achieve your fitness goals. The following tips will help you on your fitness quest. When working out, do not waste your time doing too many crunches. If you find yourself doing more than 3 sets of 15 crunches a workout session, you are wasting your time. Studies have found that doing more than that is completely useless. You are simply wasting valuable energy that could be directed to working out a different part of your body. Stretch after you workout. Most people know to warm-up before they start their workout. Less know that you need to stretch afterwards as well. Resist the urge to leave the gym or just sit down and relax once you’re finished. Taking the time to stretch will keep you limber and maximize the effect of your workout. If you can get it done standing, do it standing. Even if you find yourself stuck in the house all day, sitting around certainly is not good for you. Standing, while it won’t be getting you into perfect shape, is infinitely better than just sitting there. Move around as much as you can. When lifting weights, start off by working smaller muscle groups at the beginning of your workout. Small muscles tire before large ones, and that’s why it’s a good idea to start lifting barbells or dumbbells before tackling the larger machines. If you follow this plan, your small muscles can cool off while you work out the larger ones. A great way to get fit is to perform reps in the ten to twelve range when you are lifting weights. You might not be able to lift as much weight, but your muscles will become more toned. The amount of reps you do is very important in getting fit. Take care of your shoulders when weight lifting. To do this, decrease the amount of weight you’re lifting by about 10% when you have to change grips. If you keep the same weight but keep changing your grips, you may injure yourself by working the muscles in a way thay they are not used to. By changing what you think about, in terms of how to accomplish this exercise, during chin-ups, you can actually make them seem much easier to do. Generally, you would think about how you need to lift yourself up over the bar. Instead of doing that, try thinking about trying to pull your elbows downward. Do not be deterred by the rain if you’re walking or jogging to get some exercise. Unless we’re talking about some serious torrential downpours out there, a little drizzle never hurt anyone. In fact, as it’s falling, the rain will clean the air and allow you to take in more pure oxygen and thus increase your fat-burning efforts. Do not exercise on an empty stomach. Be sure to fill your gas tank before you start your workout. It is best to eat a healthy carbohydrate, 30 to 60 minutes before exercising. Some great ideas for pre-workout snacks are yogurt and fruit, a small bowl of oatmeal or a banana. Fitness can be enjoyed at many different levels, but hardcore fitness buffs will continue fine-tuning their workout routine at every opportunity. With all the new fitness information that you have acquired, you will be able to create a successful fitness plan tailored to your needs and goals.