Sometimes, it can feel like achieving an optimal level of physical fitness is far off and almost impossible. However, with the right routine and perseverance, these goals are very much obtainable.

Here are some useful tips for ways to optimize various physical activities.

1. Make sure you remember to stretch daily.

Stretching is very important before you begin exercising. This will lessen the chance that you’ll pull a muscle or injure yourself. It also keeps your limbs flexible and better prepares your body for the workout you’re about to do.
You’ll want to do moving stretches, such as jumping jacks and windmills in the beginning in order to loosen your muscles up.
After your workout, you should do stationary stretches to stretch out your muscles and let your body cool down and to avoid getting any cramps.

2. Choose tightly fitted shoes for climbing.

Climbing is nearly as much a matter of feel as it is of strength and endurance. Tightly fitted shoes allow you to climb more effectively.

3. Make sure to get your daily protein to build muscle mass.

Studies have shown that if you consume protein in your daily diet, you’ll gain more muscle mass— and gain it even faster from your workouts. Chicken, beef, turkey, fish, tofu, beans, and legumes count as proteins, so you can always mix it up a bit.

4. Always work on your weak spots.

You should never coddle a weak area of your body. If you hate doing a certain workout, you still need to make sure you do it. If you have weak spots in your body that you avoid working out, this can likely lead to an injury down the road.

5. Do more cardio during your workouts.

Doing so regularly can make your pulse rate become naturally slower. Try to get it below 60 bpm at its resting state, as this is what many physically fit individuals have theirs at. Cardio makes the heart more fit, which also makes the heart much stronger.