The world of fitness is very vast and exciting. There are so many ways that one can enter and use their knowledge to help themselves live healthier or look more attractive. It depends completely on the individual. That said, no matter what your fitness level is, here are some tips to help you along.

When you feel the burn, go back the next day for more! Exercising to the point that we feel it can make us really sore for days. The best way to prevent that, or at least to minimize it, is to exercise again the very next day and the day following that. It may be prudent to take it easier but don't forgo exercise all together.

Strength training can help you become a faster runner. A recent study showed strengthening exercises helped runners improve their time. Runners who did eight weeks of resistance training were able to shave time off of their run. The stronger you are, the faster you will be able to run.

Don't sign up for a gym membership sight unseen. Gym's can vary wildly in terms of there decor, atmosphere, focus, and equipment. The feel of a gym can make a huge impact on how often you go. Make sure you like the layout, the amenities, and even the other people working out. If a gym isn't a good fit for you, you won't go so make sure you check them out in person.

If you are traveling in a car, use rest stops as an opportunity to get a little exercise. They can be the perfect place to get rejuvenated for the next leg of your trip; take a brief jog or go on a short walk. These activities will help you feel less stiff and more alert so that you can continue your drive.

If you want to gain mass, then you need to look at a completely different set of rules than people who are losing weight. While you still need to be careful with what you eat, you should try to load up on as many proteins as possible, as they help to build muscle mass.

One way to increase strength quickly is to do a high volume of repetitions with light weights at a fast pace. This technique has a similar effect in terms of strength building as lifting a heavier weight more slowly. Start off with a weight level that is about fifty percent of what you would usually lift.

Never work out at the gym without carrying a water bottle along with you. Staying hydrated is very important during exercise, and you want to make it as easy as possible for yourself. Next time you watch a professional sports game (such as soccer) notice how often the players drink water. Having water right at hand will keep you hydrated without tempting you to break off your workout for a trip to the drinking fountain.

The older than you get the longer you need to stretch your muscles before you work out. If you are over the age of 40, you should hold your stretches for twice the time you did when you were under the age of 40. This prevents injuries when you are working out.

To prevent injuring your back while doing crunches, do not let someone hold your feet. Preventing your feet from adjusting puts more strain on your lower back, greatly increasing your chances of injury. Performing crunches without footholds also helps to increase your range of motion, which is a great bonus for other workout methods.

When running as part of your exercise routine you need to give yourself a break every now and then. Cut your weekly training frequency and mileage in half one out of every six weeks. This will allow your body a better chance to recover, and will help to keep away permanent injuries.

You can easily improve the quality and effectiveness of shoulder presses by concentrating on only one arm at a time. Perform two or three sets of ten reps with your left arm, then switch and do the same with your right arm. Even when you are using only one arm, your body is sending messages to stimulate the muscle fibers in the other arm.

Fitness is a fascinating and exciting world that is only limited by the extent of a person's limits. There are endless possibilities, products and techniques. Start experimenting to find something new for yourself or to learn something new that you can better for your own usage. Become empowered by these tips!

Author's Bio: 

Cee Harmon is founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine . He enjoys encouraging people to achieve their dreams and improve the quality of their lives -- spirit, soul and body.