Are you feeling burned out with your fitness program and diet? Don't get discouraged. It is only natural for you not to want to have to think about your health, every minute of everyday. The following article will give you tips on how to get back on track and stay in charge of your fitness and diet plan. Test your bench press bench before you try to work out. If the cushion isn't good enough the bench can actually cause you back troubles when you bench. Harder benches may even cause the misalignment of your back, by displacing your thoracic spine. Called T4 Syndrome, it affects your nerves, so most likely you want to avoid it. Exhale when you're at the top of your sit-up. By controlling your breathing while you perform crunches you can help to both regulate how hard you are working out the muscles and work out your muscles in total. If you don't breathe enough while you're performing crunches you may over-extend; breathe too much and you'll easily become winded and won't reach your maximum potential. Ride your bicycle with one leg! Using just one leg at a time to propel your bicycle for short distances will help you build up more of your leg muscles. By using one leg both to push down on the pedal and to pull up you will be working more than one set of muscles. Your riding will improve dramatically as well. When recovering from an injury, you should try and work out as soon as possible. Start out with only a few minutes here and there to test out if you are truly better. If you are, then you should start working out and build up the strength that you had lost while injured. Kick yourself in the bottom, literally! Slowly pulling your leg back up until your foot touches your bottom is a great method for increasing both flexibility and range of motion. Being able to actually touch the two takes time and effort, but can help improve your posture and running speeds. Sometimes it is hard to stick to a healthy diet, especially when everyone around you is eating away. If you have this problem, you should try to bring healthy snacks with wherever you go. This will make it impossible for you to eat those bad things, making your job a lot easier. If you want to attain a healthy flexibility, then you should try spending twice as much time stretching your muscles that are tight as you stretch the muscles that are loose. When you focus on your problem areas rather than the muscle groups that are already loose, your body will invariably become more flexible. So don't beat yourself up for missing a workout or eating a doughnut. The big picture is to be active in your fitness program consistently, but occasionally, give yourself a break from routine. Skipping a day of exercise and allowing yourself to eat dessert is normal. Just don't let it become routine.