It’s hard to find the time these days to get to the gym.
I get it! There’s a million and one excuses to skip your sweat sesh and head to the nearest taco place. But let me ask you this … have you ever eaten too much and felt miserable? Probably!
Have you ever gone to a workout and regretted going? Yeah … no, I didn’t think so!
While grabbing a quick kickboxing or HIIT workout is the better choice you can make in life, there are things OUTSIDE of your gym that you can do to get even more out of your workout.
I’m sorry to say, eating an entire container of cannolis is not one of them. I know. I was shocked, too!
No worries, though! We got you, friends …
5 Tips and Tricks To Get The MOST Out of Your Workout
Getting a restful night of sleep gives your body time to recover.
How often do we put our smartphones and laptops on the charger and leave it there all night while we are still up, scrolling mindlessly?
HELLO? Our bodies are smartphones and they, too, need to charge. You’re not going to be doing that while stalking your ex on Facebook.
Bonus: Working out actually GIVES you a better nights sleep. I’d say that’s a win-win!
2. Proper Nutrition
Remember I mentioned heading to that taco place? It’s probably not the best idea to stuff your belly up with foods high in fat, sugar, carbs, and all that processed junk that you can’t pronounce and aren’t entirely sure are real things but they taste pretty good so you eat anyway.
There’s a reason you hear the word “protein” thrown around a lot in the fitness world.
Your body needs fuel to function, and protein, whether meat or plant based, can give you just what you need to get those muscles pumping, ripping, burning, and growing!
It’s totally OKAY to not like water. But it’s NOT okay to skip it all together, especially when you are doing HIIT-like workouts.
Drinking the right amount of water not only helps all those nutrients (you know, from the proper foods you’re eating back in #2!) get to the places they need to go, but they help keep your joints greased up and ready to rock.
Drinking water before, during, and after a workout also helps keep your body at a regulated temperature, which is kind of important.
But how much water should you be drinking a day? The general rule is half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water daily, give or take. Obviously, there are other varying factors that include high-intensity exercise, health issues, etc.
Ask your primary-care physician or certified nutrition and fitness coach for a personalized idea of how much you need to be drinking daily.
Sure, most of us are pressed for time and just want to jump right into the workout. Get in, get out, go home, sleep, rinse, and repeat.
But by eliminating the stretch before and after your workout, you are not giving your muscles the chance to warm up, cool down, and loosen up. You’re going to want to keep up with the class or your solo workout and do dynamic movements, but if you don’t stretch, your muscles are going to say:
5. Plan Ahead
You might be thinking, “Plan ahead? How in the name of Beyoncé is that going to help me with my workout?”
Oh, but I promise, it will!
If you know you are going to try a super early AM class, pack your gym bag the night before so you can wake up, get dressed, and go. You won’t be searching in the pitch black of the 4:00 AM dawn for matching socks because you … planned ahead.
If you are going straight from work, put your gym bag in your car the night before.
Yes, the night before.
“Ugh! I was going to go to the gym but I forgot my clothes in the morning rush.”
Sorry, Charlie, not an excuse. Try again.
Planning ahead will also give you the accountability you need and just the right amount of guilt so that you don’t pull a no-show; staring at the packed gym back is going to remind you that at one point, you were motivated to go and took the time to prepare.
So … you know … go!
Pack that bag and come on over to Impact Strong Manalapan for a trial class now!