11 TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT
Strong, well-defined shoulders and biceps were the reward Michelle Taylor, a New York City investment banker in her early 40s, got from regular weight-lifting sessions. She also got constant pain in her neck, which she figured was a price worth paying―until she met a personal trainer who changed her mind. He pointed out that she was hunching her shoulders up to her ears as she did strengthening exercises. He advised her to focus on pressing her shoulder blades down into her back while pushing her chest slightly outward. And poof!―no more pain. Better yet, Michelle could do more repetitions than before.
Getting the Most From Your Workout
Tricks like these make workouts work better. Knowing the secrets to performing an exercise correctly―like shifting your alignment or modulating your speed―will not only save you pain but also help you burn more calories, build strength, and avoid injury.
Below is a guide to getting the most from 11 popular forms of exercise: walking, running, weight training, spinning, stability balls, yoga, stair-climber, elliptical trainer, swimming, rowing, and tennis.