Are you tired of being out of shape? Do you want to get back into the shape you were in when you were a teenager (or at least your twenties)? We have some pieces of advice that can help you accomplish these goals. Follow this advice, and you will be on your way. Need some ideas for adding exercise to your daily routine? Try simply adding more activity to everything you do. Walking to a further water fountain or restroom at work will increase the number of steps you take in a day and walking a little faster when going up stairs or walking across a parking lot can add intensity to those steps. For maximum fitness results a healthy diet needs to be combined with an exercise program. The two processes are mutually complementary. Eating well helps you work out better working out encourages you to eat better. When you make sure to address both areas simultaneously you will find yourself getting fit much faster. If you are stuck at a plateu in your strength training routine, supersets will take you to the next level. When you do supersets it involves doing two different exercises, working the same muscle group, with little rest in-between. Supersets demand more from your muscles and need to be used only sparingly. Shoes are very important to your workouts. Finding shoes that fit correctly will make a world of difference. When you shop for shoes, go late in the day. Your feet are at their largest at this time. You should have half of an inch in front of your largest toe. If you are in some kind of pain or anticipate it later, try to avoid taking a pain-reliever pill directly after you work out, even. Research has shown that these are actually as effective as a placebo when it comes to pain relief associated with post-workout time. They are also believed to suppress muscle growth, so they are best avoided. You can get the maximum back workout by doing your lat pullups and pulldowns properly. This means that instead of wrapping your thumb around the bar in your grip, place it on the top next to your index finger. What this does is decrease your arm’s involvement so that your back reaps the benefits of having to work harder. You should change your fitness routine periodically so that you continue to benefit from exercising. If you use the same routine for too long your body becomes used to it and the benefits start to decrease. Adding a new exercise can also be fun and keep you from getting bored with your workouts. You may need to take a protein supplement if you wish to get more bulk from exercise or go the body building route. Protein supplements are made from whey, soy or casein. They deliver protein to the body quicker than other forms when digested because they can be easily dissolved in water or other fluids, for consumption. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether or not your training program is too strenuous for your cardiovascular system. Prior to starting or intensifying a workout program, measure and document your heart rate immediately upon waking. This should be done for at least five days leading up to the change. After you have started or intensified your program, continue to take measurements on the days after your workout. An increase of more than 10 beats per minute indicates that your body may not be recovering from the change as efficiently as it should be. Therefore, achieving your fitness goals can be done. It will require some hard work on your part, as you can see. You can’t expect to get into shape without putting a lot of effort into it. If you don’t have this drive, then there is no reason to try. Follow these tips, and accomplish your goals, if you do.