April 9th, 2014
So you’ve joined a gym and committed to making exercise a part of your new healthy lifestyle… now what? Your time is precious and if you’re spending it on exercise you want to make sure you get the most out of every minute. We’ve got the tips to ensure each workout is as efficient as possible, and not a moment is wasted!
- Get it over with. Schedule your workouts in the morning, you’ll get it out of the way, have more energy throughout the remainder of your day, and leave no room for excuses later.
- Hydrate. We can’t stress enough the importance of staying hydrated and drinking enough water but one tip you might not know: drinking plenty of water helps fight fatigue and will help you power through your workouts.
- Get quality shut eye. Our bodies require adequate rest to function properly, and getting plenty of Z’s will improve your exercise routine.
- Switch it up. If your workout regiment includes the same exercises for the same duration with the same weights it’s time to make a change. Your body will get used to the same things over and over and will eventually hit (the dreaded) plateau. Try adding a few minutes to your cardio session, or adding a few pounds into your weight lifting repitoire.
- Camaraderie = accountability. Working out with a friend will give you a sense of accountability and encouragement. A little friendly competition will drive you both to work harder.
- Step out of your comfort zone. Most gyms offer a variety of great classes, try a new one to shock your body and add some excitement.
- Don’t overdo it. Taking a rest day is just as important as the days you do exercise. Your body needs time to recover and rebuild. Rest days will only propel success in future workouts.
- Eat. Just like a car needs gas to run our bodies need calories to move so don’t skip out on a healthy pre workout snack!
- Set aside ample time. Yes, even a little exercise is better than none at all but you should schedule your workout and give yourself enough time so that you’re not rushing through it or skipping sets.